How can I file my 2015 renewal documents?
You can file your forms online at www.gwinnettLicRev.com , by U.S. Mail or in person. Please read renewal instructions carefully. If your account requires you to submit an affidavit they must be submitted in PDF format if submitting online.
What documents should be included with my filing?
- 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 do not have to be submitted for renewal provided you supplied these documents during the 2014 renewal.
- Legal permanent residents and qualified aliens - 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 – Georgia law, O.C.G.A. 36-650-6, requires all businesses, with more than 10 employees that are seeking an occupation tax certificate/business license 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. The affidavit requirement does not apply if the private employer has previously provided an E-Verify number AND that number has not changed.
Is the Federal Tax Identification Number/Employer Identification Number (EIN) the same as the E-Verify Number?
How Do I Register for E-Verify?
To register for E-Verify, please visit the DHS website at http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify
Where Do I find my E-Verify Number?
The Human Resources Department for your business should have that information, if you have registered. The E-Verify number, which consists of four to six numerical characters, is located directly below the E-Verify logo on the first page of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) entered into between your business and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use E-Verify.
What is the due date for filing my renewal forms?
Renewal forms are due by February 15th. Renewals received after this date are subject to a $25.00 late filing penalty. Please note: Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business ownership of responsibility to renew the business occupation tax.
When is payment due?
Payment is due by April 1st.
What is a type "C" business?
Type "C" Businesses Include;
- Architects, - Chiropractors, - Civil, Mechanical, Hydraulic or Electrical Engineers, - Dentists, - Embalmers, - Funeral Directors, - Land Surveyors, - Landscape Architects, - Lawyers, - Marriage and Family Therapists, - Social Workers, - Professional Counselors, - Optometrists, - Osteopaths, - Physicians, - Podiatrists, - Practitioners of Physiotherapy, - Psychologists, - Public Accountants, - Veterinarians.
All other businesses are considered to be type "A".
Type "C" businesses have the option to pay a flat fee of $400.00 per practitioner at the business location or report and pay based on gross revenue at the location.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a type "C" business and choose to pay on a flat fee basis, please write "flat fee" in the gross revenue area of your application.
Who in my organization can sign these documents?
Any authorized agent or person within your organization that you choose can complete these forms.
What is Secure and Verifiable Identification?
A driver's license or U.S. Passport if you are a U.S. citizen. If you are a Permanent Resident you must submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card. If you are a qualified alien you must submit either a valid foreign Passport with your I-94, a Temporary Resident Alien Card (I-688), an Employment Authorization Card (I-766 or I-688B), an Employment Authorization Document (I-688B) or a Refugee Travel Document (I-571). For a complete list please visit http://law.ga.gov/immigration-reports.
What is considered a full time employee?
A full time employee means an individual who is a W-2 employee and works at least 35 hours per week at your Gwinnett County location.
What if my business is closed?
Make a note at the bottom of your renewal form that the business is closed, list your final 2014 Georgia gross revenue up to the date of closing and mail in the renewal .
What is considered gross revenue?
Gross Revenue Includes;
- Total income without deduction for the cost of goods or expenses incurred.
- Gain from trading in stocks, bonds, capital assets or instruments of indebtedness.
- Proceeds from commissions on the sale of property, goods or services.
- Proceeds from fees for services rendered.
- Proceeds from rent, interest, royalty or dividend income.
Gross Revenue does not include;
- Sales, use or excise tax.
- Sales returns, allowances and discounts.
- Inter organizational sales or transfers between or among the units of a parent-subsidiary controlled group of corporations.
- Payments made to a subcontractor or an independent agent.
- Governmental and foundation grants, charitable contributions, or the interest income derived from such funds, received by a nonprofit organization which employs salaried practitioners otherwise covered by this ordinance, if such funds constitute 80 percent or more of the organization's receipts.
- Proceeds from sales to customers outside the State of Georgia.
When can I expect to receive my 2015 Occupation Tax Certificate?
You can expect to receive your 2015 Occupation Tax Certificate within two to four weeks after payment is made.