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Occupational Tax Certificate Application

  1. Occupational Tax Certificate Application

    Complete this form for new business applications and for renewals of businesses that have changed their name, owner, location, or State license holder. This application must be completed for all businesses operating in Lumpkin County. You may wish to review the application so you can gather all of the necessary forms and documentation that are required to be submitted with the application.

  2. If you have any questions while completing the form, please contact the Planning Department at 706-864-6894.

  3. If there are additional owners, please upload a document with the information.

  4. Please upload a photo ID.

  5. Please upload a copy of any State or Federal License required for the operation of your business. Also, any business required to obtain health permits, bonds, certificates of qualification, certificates of competency, or any other regulatory matter must show evidence that such requirements have been met by including a copy of such with the application. You will also need to upload the following forms: Private Employer Exemption Affidavit, Private Employer Affidavit of Compliance, and Affidavit Verifying Status For County Public Benefit Application. (These forms can be found on the Planning Department website page and are required to be notarized.)

  6. Licenses are issued for a calendar year, January through December. Payment must accompany the application. You can pay upon completion and submission of this form with a debit or credit card, or print and submit with a check or money order made payable to Lumpkin County Planning Department. Applications and payments may be mailed to: Lumpkin County Planning 25 Short Street, Suite 10 Dahlonega, GA 30533 Cash is not accepted for this license. Notices will be mailed out in November of each year for the following calendar year. The occupation tax shall be due and payable annually on or before November 15 each year. In the event that any person commences a new business on any date after January 1, the occupation tax shall be due and payable 30 days following the commencement of the business. Penalties are charged on any payments made after January 1. We do not accept postmarks. Each application is stamped with a received date when it is delivered. This is the date we use for determining the timeliness of payment, not the postmark.

  7. Incomplete applications, applications submitted without property payment or required documentation or licensing will be returned. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

  8. After registration with Lumpkin County, and upon payment of the applicable occupation tax, an Occupation Tax Certificate shall be issued by the Planning Department. The Occupation Tax Certificate shall be displayed in a conspicuous location in the place of business if the taxpayer has a permanent business location in Lumpkin County, Georgia. If the taxpayer has no permanent location in Lumpkin County, Georgia, the Occupation Tax Certificate shall be shown to any agent of Lumpkin County upon request.

  9. Tax Computation

  10. To calculate the number of full-time equivalent employees, add the total hours of the part-time employees and divide by 40 hours.

  11. General Information:

    • Business means, any person who, within the unincorporated areas of Lumpkin County, engages in or causes to be engaged in and/or represents himself to be engaged in any occupation or activity with the object of gain, benefit or advantage either directly or indirectly. Any person advertising by any means, including but not limited to, signs, cards, circulars and newspapers, that he is engaged in any business of any kind, shall be liable for the appropriate occupation tax required under the Lumpkin County Occupational Tax Ordinance and the appropriate fee therefore. • Employee means an individual whose work is performed under the direction and supervision of the employer and whose employer withholds FICA, Federal income tax or State income tax from such individual’s compensation or whose employer issues to such individual for purposes of documenting compensation a form I.R.S. W-2, but not a form I.R.S. 1099. Employee also includes owners, partners, officers or managers who work for a business, whether or not such person is salaried. • Occupational Tax means a tax levied on persons, partnerships, corporations or other entities for engaging in an occupation, profession or business for revenue raising purposes • Business License refers to the certificate issued by the County that indicates the business in question has paid their occupational tax for a specific year. The certificate for the appropriate year must be posted in an easily visible, prominent place in the business.

  12. employee and tax liability short table

  13. *After June 30, only half of the tax liability in the above table will be assessed.*

  14. Electronic Signature Agreement

    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.

  15. By agreeing to electronic signature, you further agree that the information contained and provided in this application is true and correct to the best of your knowledge.

  16. Upon completion of this form you may choose to submit or submit and print. If you choose submit and print, a browser will open with your form, to access the credit card portal simply close the tab after printing your form and the payment portal will appear. If you choose to pay via check or money order, you may close your browser after printing and disregard the payment portal.

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