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The Santa Clarita Valley is the low cost options for highly competitive businesses in Southern California. With NO gross receipts tax and NO utility user taxes the SCV’s pro-business climate makes it one of Los Angeles County’s fastest growing hubs for technology and innovation.

The table below compares the taxes and fees associated with doing business in a select few Southern California cities. You can download the full SCV Cost-Savings Comparison.    

Santa Clarita Valley Cost-Savings Comparison Summary

  Comparison Cities
Santa Clarita Los Angeles Palmdale Pasadena San Fernando
OVERALL COST RATING $$ $$$$$ $$$ $$$$$ $$$$
BUSINESS TAXES          
Basis for Business Tax No Tax
Gross Receipts

Gross Receipts +

# of Employees

# of Employees Gross Receipts
Tax Rate No Tax

Between $1.05 - $5.28

per $1000 of gross revenue

Base fee + $3-45

per employee

Base fee + $15-$100

per employee

Between $0.96 - $2.40

per $1000 gross revenue

UTILITY USER TAX RATES
Cable $0.00 0 $0.00 9% $0.00
Cellular $0.00 9% $0.00 8% $0.00
Electric $0.00 13% $0.00 8% $0.00
Gas $0.00 10% $0.00 8% $0.00
Telephone $0.00 9% $0.00 8% $0.00
Water $0.00 0% $0.00 8% $0.00
OTHER TAX RATES   
Sales Tax Rate 9% 9.00% 9.00% 9.10% 9.50%

Est Ad Valorem Property

Tax Rate

1.89% 1.22% 1.37% 1.13% 1.49%

Transient Occupancy Tax

Rate

10.00% 14.00% 10.00% 7.00% 0.00%

Parking Tax Rate

0.00 10.00% 0.00 0.00 0.00

Source: 2015 Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey

You can also request a custom report to request a full list of SCV economic development incentives. SCVEDC’s economic development efforts generate wealth for the Santa Clarita Valley by helping to create high-skilled & high-wage jobs. Please feel free to contact us for more information.