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Important Changes to How Roswell Collects Business Taxes for 2018
The City of Roswell is changing how it taxes businesses in our community. Previously, the City has collected business occupation tax based on number of employees. For 2018, businesses will be taxed using a method based on gross receipts. The majority of local governments in our area use a similar gross receipts method of business taxation.

Gross receipts are the total amount a business received from all sources during its annual accounting period, without subtracting any costs or expenses. Business types are categorized by NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes. This code is assigned a profitability index which corresponds with a specific tax rate. The tax rate applied to gross receipts will determine the tax assessment.


The new fee structure for the 2018 tax year is as follows:

  • Commercial Business
    The tax due will equal gross receipts, with a $50,000 exemption, multiplied by the tax rate. A $100 application fee and a $50 regulatory fee will also apply.

  • Professional License Classification
    The tax due will be either $400 per practitioner or the gross receipts assessment with a $50,000 exemption. The practitioner/ business may choose their preferred method of calculation.

  • Home-Based Business
    The tax due will equal gross receipts, with a $50,000 exemption, multiplied by the tax rate. For home-based businesses, there is a cap of $100 on the total tax due.

Roswell Extends Business Occupation Tax Deadline

The City of Roswell will be giving local businesses an extra 30 days to renew their business occupation tax. Originally, the deadline was December 31, 2017, but because the City is changing how it taxes local businesses, the extension will now give businesses until January 31, 2018 to file.

The City of Roswell strongly encourages all businesses up for renewal to complete the online, automated calculation renewal form to provide accurate tax information. This easy-to-use form will walk you through the process step-by-step.



If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Ana Echevarria with the Business Registration Division at 770-641-3781 or Jazmine Campbell at 770-641-3835. You may also email the City with your questions at businessregistration@roswellgov.com.


All Occupation Taxes are due by January 31, 2018 for the 2018 calendar year.




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Business Registration
Phone: 770-594-6235
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Ana Echevarria
Administrative Supervisor
Email Ana Echevarria
Hours & Location
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

38 Hill Street
Suite G-30
Roswell, GA 30075

Business Registration

The City of Roswell requires all businesses operating within the city limits of Roswell to register with the Business Registration Office and pay an occupation tax prior to opening with annual renewals. After the business registration process is complete and the occupation tax has been paid, business owners will receive an Occupation Tax Certificate for the current year.

All Occupation Taxes are due by January 31, 2018 for the 2018 calendar year.

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Occupation Tax Certificates/Business Licenses

Applying for a New Business License

An Occupation Tax Certificate or "business license" is required for all businesses operating within the city limits of Roswell. An Occupation Tax Certificate is required per location of your business.


Renewing a Business License

Businesses located in Roswell are required to maintain a valid Occupation Tax Certificate. Often referred to as a "business license", the certificate is valid for a calendar year and must be renewed annually.

All business licenses expire on December 31 of each calendar year. As a courtesy, the City offers a 90-day grace period for renewals. Failure to renew a business license prior to March 31 will result in a 10% penalty.


Change of Information or Status

Changes regarding a business must be submitted to keep the business license updated. If information about your business such as the physical or mailing address or business name has changed address or the business has been closed or sold, please submit the required forms.




Open/Public Records Requests
With the exception of information available for the current year, which is available by phone, the City of Roswell requires anyone requesting information on previously registered businesses to submit an Open Records Request form to the City Clerk's Office.

Contacting Our Staff
Our staff would be happy to assist you. Before contacting us, please be sure to have your Business Account ID or the business address readily available. This will ensure fast and efficient assistance.

Also, please look over the FAQs, section for additional assistance.

If you still need assistance, please contact the Business Registration Division at 770-594-6235 or email businessregistration@roswellgov.com and include the Business Account ID in the subject line.

Other Helpful Phone Numbers

  • Roswell Business Registration: 770-594-6235
  • Alpharetta Business License: 678-297-6086
  • Atlanta Business License: 404-330-6270
  • Better Business Bureau (Metro): 404-688-4910
  • Chamber of Commerce of North Fulton: 770-993-9980
  • Clayton County Business License: 770-477-3569
  • Clerk of Superior Court (North Annex): 770-698-5755
  • Clerk of Superior Court (136 Pryor St.): 404-730-5374
  • Cobb County Business License: 770-528-8412
  • Decatur Business License: 404-377-9911
  • Dekalb County Business License: 404-371-2461
  • Dept. of Agriculture: 404-656-3685
  • Dept. of Agriculture (Live Plant License): 404-656-9378
  • Dept. of Revenue: 404-417-4490
  • Fairburn Business License: 770-964-2244
  • Federal Tax Identification Number (FEIN): 1-800-215-4591
  • Fulton County Animal Control: 404-794-0358
  • Fulton County Business License: 404-730-7720
  • Fulton County Code Enforcement: 404-730-8355
  • Gwinnett County Business License: 678-377-4100
  • Hall County Business License: 770-531-6809
  • John Creek Customer Service: 678-242-2500
  • Kennesaw Business License: 770-424-8474
  • Lawrenceville Business License: 770-963-2414
  • Marietta Business License: 770-974-5518
  • Milton Customer Service: 678-242-2500
  • Mountain Park Business License: 770-993-4231
  • North Annex Business License: 770-551-7616
  • North Fulton Annex: 770-551-7620
  • North Fulton County Environmental Health Service: 404-332-1801
  • Sandy Springs Business License: 770-730-5600
  • Secretary of State (State Certification/Corp. Division): 404-656-2817
  • State Daycare: 404-657-5562
  • State Tax Identification Number: 404-417-4490

Business Registration Forms & Applications

FAQs

  • How do I close out my business account with the City of Roswell?
  • Do I need to include a list of all professional practitioners that work at my location?
  • What are "professional licensed businesses" and can I pay the flat fee of $400?
  • Is my company required to have an E-Verify number?
  • What is my NAICS code?
  • What is the current Schedule of Rates?
  • How is my business occupation tax calculated?
  • What is Gross Receipts Tax?
  • Is my City of Roswell Occupation Tax Certificate transferable from one location in Roswell to another?
  • Are there any uses that are specifically prohibited as a home occupation?
  • When is the deadline for Occupational Tax Certificate renewals?
  • What are my payment options?
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