Taxpayer Relief & License Extension due to Covid-19

To further help reduce the financial impact of Covid-19 on our taxpayers, tax payment due dates have been extended as indicated for the following taxes:
Amusement tax (7510, 7510R, 7511), Bottled Water tax (1904), Checkout Bag tax (2737), Ground Transportation tax (7595), Hotel Accommodations tax (7520, 7520S),
Parking tax (7530, 7530V), and Restaurant tax (7525). July 2019 - February 2020 payments are due by 7/15/2020, March and April 2020 are due by 8/17/2020, May and June 2020 are due by 9/15/2020, July and August 2020 are due by 10/15/2020, and September 2020 is due by 11/16/2020. If you have any questions regarding this or any other tax matter, please email us at or call us at (312)747-4747.


Business Licenses with an expiration date between March 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020 will hereby be considered active until January 30, 2021. Accordingly, Licensees will have until January 30, 2021 to renew without paying a late fee.

Welcome to Chicago Business Direct. Our new and improved site combines all of your city license and tax needs in one place. Business owners, and/or their legal representatives, may apply for City of Chicago business licenses, renew business licenses, file tax returns, and make tax payments online.

For existing license holders, updating your business account information has never been easier! Chicago Business Direct has greater functionality that allows entrepreneurs to focus more time on their own business and less time at City Hall.

Taxpayers familiar with our previous site will notice the changes immediately. Our system enhancements have made the process of filing tax returns and making tax payments more intuitive and efficient. Register for a user profile, get linked to your tax account, and you're ready to file and pay.

Thank you for doing business in the City of Chicago and for using Chicago Business Direct. Please contact our Small Business Center if you need assistance.