Business & Occupation (B & O)Tax

Tumwater B & O Rate:  .001 or .1%
Special Services B & O Rate:  .002 or .2%

Business & Occupation (B & O) Tax

The City of Tumwater collects and administers a local Business & Occupation tax as authorized by Tumwater Municipal Code (TMC) Chapter 5.08. The tax applies to the gross revenues of businesses at the rate of one-tenth of one percent, except those engaged in certain types of service industries (see TMC 5.08.030§(Q)) which shall pay at the rate of two-tenths of one percent. The tax for quarterly filers is due in four installments on the last day of January, April, July and October. If the gross proceeds of sales or gross income of the business from all activities is less than $5,000 per quarter, no tax is due. The tax for annual filers is due on the last day of January. If the gross proceeds of sales or gross income of the business from all activities is less than $20,000 per year, no tax is due.  All  businesses conducting business in Tumwater are required to file a quarterly or annual return, even if there has been no activity or no tax is due. 

Tumwater Municipal Code 5.08 - B & O Tax 

Tumwater Municipal Code 5.10 - B & O Tax Administrative Rules

Forms & Instructions

Only for business reporting under the Retail Service or Service & Other Activity categories, see Retail and Service Definitions.

Service Income Apportionment Worksheet and Instructions pdf-icon-sm

B&O Bulletin pdf-icon-sm

Tumwater B & O Form pdf-icon-sm (This form is now fillable; however, you will need to continue to do your calculations, print, and mail form with payment to address listed below.)


The Business Licensing Clerk is available from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday to answer any questions you may have.  You may contact the clerk by either calling (360) 754-4136 or stopping by City Hall at 555 Israel RD SW, Tumwater WA (map).