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Obtain a Business Income and Receipts Tax ID

Note: The Business Privilege Tax is now called the Business Income and Receipts Tax

Every individual, partnership, association and corporation doing business in Philadelphia must file a Business Income and Receipts Tax Return in whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year.  Rental activities are usually considered business activities.

Every estate or trust, (whether the fiduciary is an individual or a corporation) must file a Business Income and Receipts Tax Return if the estate or trust is engaged in any business or activity for profit within the City of Philadelphia.  The Business Income and Receipts Tax is based on both gross receipts and net income. Both parts must be filed.

Overview of the Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT)

Business Income and Receipts Tax application or register online

Regulations

“New Businesses” may qualify for an exemption to the BIRT
New businesses that employ six people or more within the first two years of operations may qualify for an exemption of the Business Income and Receipts Tax. Learn more about Jump Start Philadelphia.