About Renewing Business Licenses
In our continuing effort to save Citizens and the City of Atlanta time and money, the Business License Renewal Application and accompanying forms are no longer mailed to businesses. Businesses are asked to renew and pay your business license online visiting the website for the online renewal.
General business licenses must be renewed each year by submitting:
- Business License Renewal Application
- SAVE and E-Verify Notarized Affidavits (prior year notarized affidavits are not acceptable)
- Applicant’s government issued photo id (i.e. Driver’s license, passport, etc.)
A business license cannot be processed without these documents and full payment.
Please advise this Office immediately if your mailing address has changed to ensure that you receive your business license.
ANNUAL BUSINESS LICENSE DEADLINES:
|License expires:||December 31|
|Renewal deadline:||February 15|
|Payment deadline:||April 1|
- If you are a Legal Permanent Resident or a Qualified Alien - You must submit the SAVE Affidavit and the secure and verifiable document annually. Please visit www.law.ga.gov and proceed to Key Issues followed by Immigration Reports for more information on secure and verifiable documents.
E-Verify Private Employer Affidavits - As of July 1, 2013 private employers with more than 10 employees are required to register for and use E-Verify and to sign an E-Verify affidavit attesting to such. Any employer with less than 11 employees is exempt from this requirement, but must complete an affidavit attesting that they are exempt annually.
Per Ordinance 04-O-1810, failure to renew your business license by February 15 of each year will result in a $500 Failure to File penalty. Payments for your renewal will be invoiced to you after receipt of your renewal license application. The payment deadline is on or before April 1.
Any payment received after April 1 will be subject to a 10% penalty of your total license fee plus interest at 1.5% per month
Businesses failing to renew their business license and that continue to operate is subject to citation requiring the business to appear before the Court for operating without a City of Atlanta business license.
It is your responsibility to be aware of and comply with renewal procedures to ensure your business is compliant with City of Atlanta Ordinance.
All businesses are subject to audit by the City of Atlanta Department of Finance. (Atlanta Municipal Code § 30-85). If selected for audit, businesses are required to provide a copy of their prior year’s Federal Return (i.e. 1040 Schedule C, 1120, 1065, State Return 500 through 700).
Out-of-state businesses with no location or office in Georgia, doing business in Atlanta are subject to the City of Atlanta’s Occupation Tax. (Atlanta Municipal Code § 30-77) Businesses located in Atlanta may be taxed on statewide receipts, if you do not have a physical location in any other jurisdiction within the State. (Atlanta Municipal Code § 30-51).
RENEW ONLINE BY FEBRUARY 15 ANNUALLY
Please have the following information available to successfully complete the online renewal process:
- Business Tax Number;
- PIN Number;
- Prior Year Actual Gross Revenue;
- Number of Employees;
- Notarized SAVE Affidavit;
- Notarized E-Verify Affidavit;
- Copy of Applicant’s Government Issued Photo Identification;
Please note that some business types are not eligible for online renewal based on their SIC code such as licensed professionals (i.e. attorneys, medical doctors, public accountants, etc.)
RENEW IN PERSON OR BY MAIL
Business Tax Division
Finance - Office of Revenue
55 Trinity Avenue SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
**The City is not responsible for missing or lost mail sent via the U.S Postal Service or other mail provider.
BUSINESS LICENSE PAYMENT
Acceptable forms of payment are Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, certified bank check or money order.
The Office of Revenue does not accept payments plans or installment agreements for any tax or fee due to the City.
Business and occupation taxes are based upon total reported gross receipts generated from the business location within the State of Georgia and the number of employees
Taxes are computed (after a flat tax of $50 for the first $10,000) by using the appropriate rate indicated by your Business Tax Class (Atlanta Municipal Code § 30-62)
In addition, the fee includes a calculation using the total number of employees. The fee is $25 per employee. The first employee is exempt.
- Click here to determine your business tax class and tax rate.
All Revenue forms can be found at www.atlantaga.gov and Select: “I Want To” then Select: “Download Forms”.
If you are renewing the license for an existing business download the application and submit to the office, or you may complete the online renewal application here.
As of July 1, 2013 private employers with more than 10 employees are required to register for and use E-Verify and to sign an E-Verify affidavit attesting to such. Any employer with less than 11 employees is exempt from this requirement, but must complete an affidavit attesting that they are exempt.