Business Licensing & Taxes
All businesses located in or performing work in Elkins must have and display a city business license. (This includes businesses located in Elkins who transact all of their business outside of Elkins.) Business licenses are issued for the period of the city’s fiscal year, i.e., July 1 of one year through June 30 of the following year.
You must obtain your state business license before applying for a city business license. The city will need to keep a copy of your state business license on file.
Click here to download a business license application.
Business and occupation taxes are charged against your gross business income, at various rates for different categories of business. If you operate a business licensed in Elkins, you must file business tax returns even for years in which you had no business income. Revenues from this tax are deposited into the city’s general fund.
Effective July 1, 2017 the City of Elkins implemented tax rate changes in several categories. The rates listed in the table below are the new amounts. If you are filing a tax return based on gross income earned prior to July 1, 2017, use the form found here for the previous rates. For gross income earned July 1, 2017 and later, use the form found here.
The table below shows the rates charged by the City of Elkins. For example, to take the top line of the table, the tax rate on coal production is 0.69 percent, or 69 cents for every $100 of gross income.
|Business Classification||Tax (as percentage of gross receipts)|
|Sand, gravel, or other mineral product not quarried or mined||1.94|
|Oil, blast furnace slag||1.94|
|Natural gas in excess of $250 quarterly||3.88|
|Limestone or sandstone quarried or mined||1.00|
|Other natural resource products||1.38|
|Manufactured, compounded or prepared for sale products||0.19|
|Selling tangible property (retailers, restaurants, etc.)||0.20|
|Wholesalers and jobbers||0.13|
|Electric light and power companies; domestic and commercial||4.00|
|Natural gas companies||3.00|
|All other public service or utility business||1.31|
|Service business or calling; and all other business||0.50|
|Rentals, royalties, fees and otherwise||0.50|
|Banking and other financial business||0.75|
|Health Maintenance Organizations||0.50|
Another category of tax charged to businesses in Elkins is hotel/motel tax. Please click here to learn more about hotel/motel tax.
For more information, contact:
Phone: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1318
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241