A commercial lease is real property leased or rented for commercial purposes. This includes but is not limited to: office buildings, stores, factories, farm land, parking/storage facilities, banquet halls or meeting rooms. These leases are subject to county and city transaction privilege taxes.
Reporting County Tax
There are five counties in the state of Arizona that require you to collect and remit county taxes for commercial leases. Those counties are Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Pima and Pinal.
To determine if you should report county taxes, visit www.AZTaxes.gov/Home/Address. Enter the address of the commercial lease and search, then select “Rent/Lease Space” from the drop-down menu.
This provides a breakdown of the taxes you should be reporting along with the business, county and city codes. Use this information to fill out transaction privilege tax (TPT) returns.
Arizona Department of Revenue strongly encourages taxpayers to use our online services via AZTaxes.gov for easier filing and faster processing.
To file and remit transaction privilege tax online, register your business on AZTaxes.gov. If you have an existing TPT license, you will need to link your existing business account and add any line items for county and city.
A business with more than one location has to file electronically. If you have only one location, you may file a TPT-EZ return and ensure to complete the lines for the county and city you are located in.
Many deductions that can be claimed for the cities, can also be applied to the county tax on the Schedule A of the return. For a full list of deduction codes, please see the Deduction Code Table.
For further assistance on TPT and AZTaxes.gov, view our video tutorials and YouTube.
For further reference, please see:
Arizona Revised Statutes
Arizona Administrative Code
Publication 608 – Commercial Lease - General information about transaction privilege tax on commercial lease.
In case of inconsistency or omission in this publication, the language of the Arizona Revised Statutes and the Arizona Administrative Code will prevail.
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