3111 Citizens Way
Columbus, GA 31907
FAX: (706) 225-3780 Googlemaps
Mission StatementTo provide overall professional and timely management of billing, collecting, depositing, and accounting for monies due and collected for the Columbus Consolidated Government.
Division ProfileThe Revenue Division performs two primary functions. They are Occupational Tax and Collections. Occupational Tax is responsible for issuing licenses pertaining to business, and alcoholic beverages as well as collection, audits and enforcement of ordinances relative to various taxes such as gross receipts, excise taxes, insurance premium and franchise taxes. The collections function pertains to the collection and deposit of all monies received by Columbus Consolidated Government and billing and collection of numerous government services.
Revenue ManagementThe Revenue Division Manager reports directly to the Director of Finance, thus ensuring procurement techniques and strategies are consistent with stated management plans and directives of city officials and the director's office.
CollectionsCollections is responsible for the overall collections of funds in various services areas, including ambulance fees, installment fines, street assessments, lot clearance, demolitions, damage to city property, landfill fees, bad check fees, hazardous material fees, indigent defense counsel, false alarm fees and accepting payments for METRA parking citations.
Occupational TaxOccupational Tax Administration is responsible for the collection, audit and enforcement of ordinances relative to gross receipt tax, alcoholic beverages excise tax (mixed drinks and alcohol distributors), insurance premium tax, franchise tax, vehicle rental excise tax, and hotel/motel excise tax in addition to licensing all businesses within Muscogee County.
PO Box 1397
Columbus, GA 31902
»» PROCEDURES FOR OBTAINING A BUSINESS LICENSE
»» BUSINESS LICENSE REQUEST/RENEWAL FORM
Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or Corporation.
»» SAVE AFFIDAVIT verifying legal status (12-2012)
The (S.A.V.E.) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program is an inter-governmental initiative designed to aid benefit-granting agencies in determining an applicant's immigration status, and thereby ensure that only entitled applicants receive federal, state, or local public benefits and licenses. For every public benefit a city or county issues to any person or entity, the city or county must receive a signed and sworn affidavit verifying the person's lawful presence in the United States. This requirement is mandated under Georgia Law O.C.G.A.§ 50-36-1.
»» E-VERIFY - Private Employer
The enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, H.B. 87, requires most every private employer needing a Georgia business license to register with and utilize the federal work authorization program, also known as E-Verify. Before any city or county issues any occupational tax certificate (also known as business licenses) or other licenses to a private employer, the employer must sign an affidavit stating that the employer is authorized to use E-Verify or is not required to use E-Verify. This requirement is mandatory. In order to comply with Georgia State Law, any employer of ten or more full time employees (full time means someone who works for you at least 35 hours per week) renewing or obtaining a business license/occupation tax certificate or similar license will have to complete and submit the enclosed E-Verify affidavit proving the employer's E-Verify registration number and attesting to its proper use. Please visit http://www.uscis.gov/ for E-Verify registration instructions. - Click Here to access the E-Verify Form
Alcoholic Beverage License
The Georgia Department of Revenue has developed and implemented a centralized state-wide Alcohol Licensing Portal (ALP) in a collaborative effort with local governing authorities to streamline the retail alcohol initial registration, renewal licensing process and Alcohol Special Event Permits. This web-based secure portal ensures both the Georgia Department of Revenue and City of Columbus receive, review, and process all retail alcohol applications in the ALP.
All applicants for initial applications for Alcoholic Beverage Licenses and Alcohol Special Event Permits will have to submit their applications through the Georgia Department of Revenue GTC Alcohol Licensing Portal. Please click on the link below to download PDF attachment on how to register a new or existing business for a retail alcohol license:
Click Here to Download PDF.
Pawnbrokers and Dealers in Second-hand Jewelry
Occupation Tax Returns (OTR)
»» CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM (**A non-refundable service fee of 2.5% plus $1.00 will be added to payments that are paid with a credit or debit card**)
Applying for a Federal or State Identification Number:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number.
Georgia Department of Revenue (GDOR) - Apply for a State Taxpayer Identification Number (STIN).