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Carnation Festival Temporary Business and Tax License
Apply for the License: Use the first two pages of this
License Fee: FREE
Tax Deposit if You Sell Things: $50
Post the license or keep it handy for inspection.
Already licensed? Great! Bring a copy of your license with you. No deposit is required.
You may include tax in the price to keep your sales simple, if you post a sign saying you do.
Sales tax applies to:
Sales of food
Sales of merchandise
NOT face-painting, henna tattoos, balloon bending, cheap object bending or neck rubs: pay tax when you buy supplies!
If you're licensed for the event only, the return is due within 20 days of the event.
The deposit offsets what you owe.
If you're a non-seller, please still file a ZERO return!
If you owe less than the deposit, a refund will be mailed to you.
Carnation Festival return form in Excel, calculates itself!
Carnation Festival write-in return form
If you're a regular license holder, remit the tax with your usual return.
ONLINE filing is available to all licensed participants.
Visit the Online Filing Page for information
What happens if you file late:
a 10% penalty or $15, whichever is more
What happens if you don't file:
The tax deposit is forfeited.
We might not license you next year, or send flying monkeys to your door.
The Tax Division will be happy to assist you with any tax and licensing questions. Please view the
for contact information.
Tax staff will also roam the event.
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