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City of Atlanta Launches New Business Tax Amnesty Program

Post Date:05/15/2013 6:00 PM
Mayor Kasim Reed press release header

 Mayor’s Office of Communications
Thế giới cá 55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Sonji Jacobs, Director 
404-330-6558, office 
404-276-6866, cell

Reese McCranie, Deputy Director
404-330-6006, office
404-886-2334, cell 

Thế giới cáFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/15/13

News Release

Thế giới cáCity of Atlanta Launches New Business Tax Amnesty Program

Initiative waives late fees, penalties and interest, and runs from May 15 to June 30

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed announced today the launch of a new business tax amnesty plan that will last from May 15 to June 30, 2013. This program will provide a six-week grace period and full waiver of all penalties, late fees, and interest payments for unregistered businesses that are currently operating without a business license.

“We are committed to helping businesses succeed in Atlanta and this new amnesty program will make it easier for existing and new businesses to operate,” said Mayor Reed. “By offering a six-week waiver of fines and penalties, those businesses that do not have a license will now have the ability to come into compliance with the law without being penalized.”

Unregistered businesses eligible for this Business Tax Amnesty include:

• Residential-based businesses
• Independent Contractors
• Sole Proprietorships
• Partnerships
• Corporations

“As part of our ongoing efforts to become more business-friendly, this amnesty program will allow Atlanta businesses that are currently operating without a license the opportunity to avoid any hefty penalties or fines and register with the city,” said Gwendolyn Smith, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the City of Atlanta.

The Business Tax Amnesty covers occupational tax liability for unregistered businesses over the four year statute of limitation period.

The city will resume its Revenue and Tax Compliance program and reinstate the application of penalties, late fees, and interest on July 1, 2013. Business that take advantage of the amnesty program will not have to pay penalties, late fees, and interest which includes a 10 percent “Failure to Pay,” a 1.5 percent monthly accrued interest, and $500 “Failure to File” per year.
Unregistered businesses seeking to take advantage of the Business Tax Amnesty program can download the Business Tax Application for Multiple Years on the city’s website.

Additional information can be found here.

Businesses can also call the Office of Revenue, Customer Service at 404-330-6270 for additional details about the program or to talk through special circumstances.

Address:  City of Atlanta Department of Finance – Office of Revenue
                55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 1350
                Atlanta, Georgia 30303

City Ordinance 13-O-0618 established the Business Tax Amnesty program and was adopted by the Atlanta City Council on May 6, 2013. Under Chapter 30 of the City’s Code of Ordinance, businesses operating within the city limits must obtain an Occupational Tax Certificate also known as a Business License.

The 2012 Competitive Alternatives Tax Study ranked the City of Atlanta high among international cities for its competitive tax structure and business-friendliness. This current Business Tax Amnesty continues that tradition. The last City Amnesty program was held in 2008.

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