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   (a)   Subject to the provisions of this Article, a business tax registration certificate must be obtained and a business tax must be paid by every person engaged in any of the businesses or occupations specified in this Article; and a business tax is hereby imposed in the amount prescribed in the applicable section. No person shall engage in any business or occupation subject to tax under the provisions of this Article without obtaining a registration certificate and paying the tax required. (Amended by Ord. No. 181,696, Eff. 6/18/11.)
   (b)   The business tax registration certificate required to be obtained and the tax required to be paid are hereby declared to be required pursuant to the taxing power of the City of Los Angeles solely for the purpose of obtaining revenue. Compliance with such requirements shall not be construed to be a condition precedent to engaging in any business or occupation within the City of Los Angeles where the imposition of such a condition precedent would be contrary to law.
   (c)   Commencing on January 1, 1981 the Director of Finance is directed not to enforce the Business Tax Ordinance against financial corporations for the tax years beginning January 1, 1981 until directed to do otherwise by the City Council by resolution. (Added by Ord. No. 154,914, Eff. 4/2/81.)