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City of Atlanta Reminds Business Owners of New Business Tax Amnesty Program

Post Date:06/19/2013 11:00 AM
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

Anne Torres, Deputy Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell


City of Atlanta Reminds Business Owners of New Business Tax Amnesty Program

Late fees, penalties and interest will be waived until June 30

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed reminded business owners today to take advantage of the new business tax amnesty plan that will run until June 30, 2013. This program will waive 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. “I encourage all eligible businesses to take advantage of this initiative which will give them 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.

Thế giới cá The city will resume its Revenue and Tax Compliance program and reinstate the application of penalties, late fees, and interest on July 1, 2013. Businesses that take advantage of the amnesty program will not have to pay penalties, late fees, and interest which include 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.

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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