Renewing Your Business License

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About Renewing Business Licenses

 

FAQ

The 2016 City of Atlanta Business License Renewal period will commence on January 1, 2016.

In our continuing effort to save Citizens and the City of Atlanta time and money, the Business License Renewal Application and accompanying forms will not be automatically mailed to businesses. Businesses are asked to renew and pay your business license online visiting the website for the online renewal.

Business licenses must be renewed each year by completion of a Business License Renewal Application, also known as the Annual Business Tax Return. Renewals are due on or before February 15th of each year. Business licenses expire on December 31 annually.

ANNUAL BUSINESS LICENSE DEADLINES:

 License expires:  December 31 
 Renewal deadline:                 February 15
 Payment deadline:  April 1
  • If you are a U.S. Citizen - the SAVE Affidavit (also known as the U.S. Citizen/Qualified Alien affidavit) and the secure and verifiable documents for U.S. Citizens are not required to be submitted for renewal provided you supplied these documents to our office in a previous renewal year. 
  • If you are a Legal Permanent Resident or a Qualified Alien - You must submit the SAVE Affidavit (U.S. Citizen/Qualified Alien Affidavit) and the secure and verifiable document for renewal. 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.

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).

 

Business License Renewal Process

RENEW ONLINE BY FEBRUARY 15

Using your Business Account number and your PIN number, you can pay for your business tax online by clicking here. If you do not know your PIN, click here to retrieve it.

Please have the following information available to successfully complete the online renewal process:

  • Business Tax Number. 
  • PIN Number. 
  • Copy of Government Issued Photo Identification. 
  • 2015 Actual Gross Revenue. 
  • Number of Employees. 
  • Notarized SAVE Affidavit. 
  • Notarized E-Verify Affidavit.

Please note that some business types are not eligible for online renewal based on their SIC code. These businesses include: parking garages, attorneys, legal services and any business with an account with a returned mailing address not included in their online renewal file.

RENEW IN PERSON OR BY MAIL
Fill out online the Renewal Business Tax Application. You can submit this via mail or a visit in-person. Mail your Renewal Application to:

Business Tax Division
55 Trinity Avenue SW
Suite 1350
Atlanta, GA 30303

 Business License Payment

Acceptable forms of payment are guaranteed funds like cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, certified bank check or money order. No personal or company checks are accepted.

TAX RATE

  • 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.

You may contact our office at 404.330.6270 for any questions.

Required Documents

Renewal Application

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

Download Here

SAVE Affidavit

The SAVE Affidavit (also known as the U.S. Citizen/Qualified Alien affidavit) and the secure and verifiable documents for U.S. Citizens are not required to be submitted for renewal provided you supplied these documents to our office in a previous renewal year.

Download Here 

E-Verify Affidavit

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.

Download Here

 

 

 

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