Do we accept payments over the phone or over the internet?
At this time we cannot accept payments over the phone or via internet.
Who needs to sign the renewal form, affidavit, and provide one secure and verifiable document (a driver license or passport)?
An employee of the company must sign the renewal form, HB 87 citizenship affidavit, the private employer affidavit, and provide one secure and verifiable document (a driver license or passport). An outside/contractor bookkeeper or accountant cannot sign the renewal application or affidavit. The employee that signs the application must be the same person that signs the affidavits and provide one secure and verifiable document (a driver license or passport). If you have questions, please call the Cobb County Business License Division at 770-528-8410.
I did not receive my renewal form. What do I do?
If you did not have your renewal form, email BLRenewal@cobbcounty.org with your occupation tax certificate/business license number and your business name requesting a copy of your renewal form to be e-mailed to you.
Renewal of an occupation tax certificate or business registration certificate should be completed prior to the expiration date of December 31st. A renewal notice will only be sent to the current mailing address on the certificate.
If the mailing address for the business changes without the Business License Division being notified, the business will not receive a renewal notice. However the business registration certificate or occupation tax certificate must be renewed prior to the expiration of the certificate even though a renewal notice was not received. Interest will be assessed on all delinquent renewals. Fees are contingent upon the amount of total gross receipts of the business for the past calendar year in the State of Georgia.
The total gross receipts in the State of Georgia shown on the renewal application must be supported by additional documentation. Acceptable gross revenue reports include, but are not limited to, Georgia Sales Tax Returns, in-house sales reports, Profit and Loss statements for the previous calendar year, the most recent IRS tax return filed, or an affidavit from an accountant stating the gross receipts for the previous calendar year. Adequate and accurate records must be maintained for audit purposes. Audits may be performed at any time by personnel from the Business License Division. The fees and/or taxes must be submitted prior to December 31 even if the documents stated above are not available.
How do I comply with the Georgia Immigration Reform Act?
Pursuant to The Georgia Immigration Reform Act that was passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor, effective January 1, 2012, all applicants applying for or renewing a Cobb County Occupation Tax Certificate or Cobb County Business License must provide in person or electronically to the Cobb County Business License Division one secure and verifiable document [PDF], (a driver license or passport) as required by O.C.G.A.50- 36-1(e)(1) and sign and notarize the HB87 citizenship affidavit required by O.C.G.A. 50-36- 1(e)(2) and the Private Employer Affidavit - 10 or Fewer Employees [PDF] or Private Employer Affidavit - 11 or More Employees [PDF] required by O.C.G.A.36-60-6(d)