The City of Lakewood has made paying taxes easier for business owners — the process, at least.
“With Lakewood Business Pro we wanted to modernize remote processing,” said Arlene Muniz, taxpayer services supervisor with the city. “We moved away from our old system to a more cloud-based situation.”
The city’s new Lakewood Business Pro program makes it simpler for businesses to file and pay taxes and fees online.
The program allows business owners to connect with the city via the Internet, and allows them to file returns, make payments via electronic check, claim a refund, add a store location, manage tax accounts, add third party access and update addresses.
Business Pro users need to set up an account, but once that is done, they have access to all the services, as well as a way to directly connect to city staff if assistance is required.
The accounts that are available on the program are: sales tax, accommodation tax, cable TV franchise fee, special event, PEG franchise fee, business & occupation tax and gas & electric franchise fee.
Muniz said that most of these taxes had to be filed separately, but the new system allows them to be filed under one umbrella.
“We worked hard to make sure it covered all the bases, and we wanted to streamline everything and make it more efficient,” she said.
The site was launched in October, and has a had a six-month launch as it was rolled out.
For more information on Lakewood Business Pro, visit www.lakewood.org/finance.