In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
Chicago Business Direct is the City’s new and improved platform that combines all of your city tax and license 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. To pay and file your taxes using Chicago Business Direct, you will need a user profile. If you are an owner or officer of a business account and have an active user profile under the Chicago Business License Application System (CBLAS), you will not have to create a new profile. As a business owner or officer, your profile will automatically be linked to your business account(s) and you will have access to all tax and license services.
If your business is not required to be licensed and/or you are a new user, you must create a new user profile to log in to Chicago Business Direct. Account numbers and PINs will no longer be used to file tax returns and make tax payments online. As a business owner you may also grant another person the ability to pay and file taxes on your behalf, provided they have an approved user profile (Sample authorization letter). Creating a user profile is fast, easy, and secure.
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To get started with Chicago Business Direct, please click on the icon below.