Los Angeles took in $18.6 million from 8,673 businesses, which took advantage of a business-tax amnesty that the nation’s second-biggest city offered to raise revenue this year.

Under the three-month program, the businesses had until July 31 to pay delinquent city taxes without penalties. They avoided $6.7 million in penalties and the city garnered unanticipated funds to help close a budget deficit. The revenue was $10 million higher than expected.

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