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The Business Occupational Tax Division issues Business Occupational Tax Certificates to businesses that are located in the unincorporated areas of Fulton County only. Unincorporated Fulton County includes those areas lying outside the municipal boundaries of the cities and towns located in Fulton County. Business Occupational Certificates are issued on behalf of Fulton County by Revenue Discovery Systems (RDS), a third party contractor.

For questions regarding Occupational Tax Certificate renewals, lodging tax or alcohol/wine tax please contact RDS at (800)556-7274.   You may also visit their RDS website:

 http://www.revds.com/taxpayer/taxpayer-support.php?state=GA

If your are unsure if your business is located in the unincorporated areas of Fulton County, Please click on the following link to confirm the appropriate Municipality to obtain your business license:

http://qpublic9.qpublic.net/ga_address_dw.php?county=ga_fulton

If your business is located within the city limits of one of the following, please contact that Municipality to obtain a Business Occupational Tax Certificate:                                        

City Tax Code Phone Number
Atlanta   5 404-330-6213
Alpharetta 10 678-297-6086
Chattahoochee Hills 61 770-463-4500
College Park 15 404-767-1537
East Point 20 404-270-7017
Fairburn 25 770-964-2244
Hapeville 30 404-669-2100
Johns Creek 57 678-512-3200
Milton 56 678-242-2500
Mountain Park 35 770-993-4231
Palmetto 40 770-463-3377
Roswell 45 770-641-3780
Sandy Springs 59 770-730-5600
Union City 50 770-964-2288

 

New Occupation Tax Certificate/Business License applications:

The Fulton County Business Tax resolution mandates that all persons, firms or corporations located or engaged in business in Fulton County, outside of the incorporated areas, register their businesses.   Businesses are registered by applying for a Business Occupational Tax certificates and paying the associated administrative fees and Occupational taxes required for your business.   Business Occupational Tax Certificates are valid for a calendar year, January 1st through December 31st and must be renewed by March 31st of each year.

Your application must be submitted in person at one of the following Fulton County Business License Offices:

Fulton County Government Center
141 Pryor Street, Suite 7064
Atlanta, GA 30303
Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (404) 612-7722   Fax: (404) 730-7704

South Fulton Government Center @ Fulton Industrial
5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30036
Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (404) 612-7861

BUSINESS LICENSE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

BUSINESS LICENSE REQUIREMENT CHECKLIST

LICENSE AND PERMIT FEES:

 Adult Entertainment Establishments

Businesses and Professional Occupations

Adult Entertainment Employee permits                                                                    
        Background investigation fee $55
        Employee permit $325
        Annual employee permit renewal $100
 Adult Entertainment Business license
        Establishment license processing fee   $6,400 plus advertising
        Annual renewal $4,300
Business Occupational Tax Certificate
        Administrative fee $95
        Fee per employee   $13
        Gross revenue
        *Up to $20,000 $50
*In excess of $20,000 (fee class table based on profitability.   The fee class table ranges from .50 to $2.20 per thousand dollars of gross revenue based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC Code of the business)
Business Occupational Tax Certificate renewals  are calculated  based on number of employees and projected taxable gross receipts.
Depository Financial Institutions - Annual Tax .25% of gross receipts ($1,000 minimum)
Escort and/or Dating Services
        Background investigation Fee $55
        Annual license $300
Massage Therapy
        Background investigation Fee $55
        Annual license $300
Peddlers and Solicitors
        Permit Fee         $100
        Background Investigation                     $55
Professional Practitioners

Applies to law, medicine,   osteopathy, chiropractic, podiatry, dentistry, optometry, applied psychology, veterinary, landscape architecture, land surveying, massage therapy, physiotherapy,  public accounting, embalming, funeral directing, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical   engineering, architecture, marriage and family   therapists, social workers, professional counselors. New Business Occupation Tax Certificateis based on gross receipts or $400 per year. Renewal Business Occupational Tax Certificate fee is $400 for each professional employee or a calculated tax fee based on the number of employees and projected taxable gross receipts.

Taxi Driver
        Taxi driver permit $150
        Taxi permit for each taxi maintained or operated               $350
Failure to display occupation tax certificate $100
 
 

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