Renewal applications for the 2023 business occupation tax for Athens-Clarke County businesses are due by Monday, April 3, 2023 due to April 1 falling on a Saturday. Certificates submitted after April 3 are assessed a 10% penalty.
New businesses, including home-based businesses, are required to fill out a business occupation tax application at any time throughout the year before beginning their operations. All businesses that were issued a 2023 business occupation tax certificate were mailed renewal information and a 2023 application in December.
The Business Tax/Revenue Section of the Finance Department's Financial Services Division is responsible for the issuing of business occupation tax certificates and several special sales or regulatory permits for all businesses located within Athens-Clarke County. Although commonly referred to as "business licenses," business occupation tax certificates are not technically licenses as the Finance Department cannot issue licenses to operate a business. Approximately 5,000 businesses are registered with Athens-Clarke County and their taxes are assessed and collected annually.
For an electronic version of the application form and required affidavits, visit www.accgov.com/finance. For more information, call the ACC Finance Department's Business Tax/Revenue Section at 706-613-3050.