To renew your occupational tax certificate, please submit the following form by February 15, 2023

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The paperwork is due by February 15, 2023 regardless of whether or not you include payment at that time. The payment is due on March 31, 2023. If we do not receive the supporting documentation on time, we cannot guarantee that the business will receive an invoice before the due date. Please note that postmarks will not be accepted. The penalty for failure to make any payment required shall be assessed in the amount of not more than ten percent of the occupational tax determined to be due and owing for the first 30 days or fraction thereof of delinquency and an additional one percent of the occupation tax for each additional month or fraction thereof of delinquency. Failure to make application for and obtain an appropriate occupational tax certificate, or make estimated or final returns of gross receipts when due, shall incur a penalty of not more than $25.00 for each month or fractional part thereof for which the return or application is overdue. Such penalties shall be in addition to all other penalties, civil and criminal herein provided; and may be collected by remedies herein provided for collection of the occupation tax and shall have the same lien and priority as the occupation tax to which the penalty is applied.
The City will only accept ONE of the following documents listed below: (Please NO handwritten letters. Note that Bank Statements are not acceptable documentation for this requirement.)
  • 2022 Profit/Loss Statement
  • 2022 Sales Reports
  • Signed Letter from Company’s External CPA Stating Gross Receipts for 2022
  • Copy of 2022 Income Tax Form (Such as Form 1120, Form 1120S, Form 1065, or Schedule C)

As required by Official Code of Georgia §50-36-1(e), any applicant for the City of Buford Occupational Tax Certificate must execute an affidavit certifying legal presence in the United States. “Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements” (S.A.V.E.) Program is an inter-governmental information sharing initiative designed to aid in determining immigration status. The SAVE Affidavit (also known as the U.S. Citizen/Qualified Alien affidavit) and the secure and verifiable documents for U.S. Citizens are not required to be submitted for renewal provided you supplied these documents during the 2022 renewal or prior.


   COPY OF SECURE AND VERIFIABLE DOCUMENT UNDER O.C.G.A. §50-36-2 (driver’s license, passport, etc.;)
Attach original notarized U.S. Citizen / Qualified Alien Affidavit with a front and back copy one secure and verifiable document for identification. You can find a list of secure and verifiable documents at under the “Resources” tab, “Immigration Reports” section.

As of July 1, 2013 private employers with more than 10 employees are required to register for and use E-Verify and to sign an E-Verify affidavit attesting to such (FORM A). Any employer with less than 11 employees is exempt from this requirement, but must complete an affidavit attesting that they are exempt (FORM B). The affidavit requirement does not apply if the private employer has previously provided an E-Verify number AND the number of employees has not changed.

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 (if YES, please contact the City of Buford. Do not complete this form.)  
The City of Buford appreciates your decision to operate your business in Buford, and we hope that you continue to select Buford for future years. Please be aware that under State of Georgia law, the City is required to comply with the Federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program, and the E-Verify program.
ENTER AMOUNT OF GROSS RECEIPTS FOR BUSINESS FOR PRECEDING CALENDAR YEAR (e.g. Income Tax Form – Schedule C; Profit/Loss Statement; Statement from external CPA Stating Gross Receipts From 2022 Georgia Gross Income only):
 (if YES, please contact the City of Buford. Do not complete this form.)
If the above business is no longer operating in the Buford City limits, please provide exact date the business was last in operation and send or fax this page to the City of Buford at (678) 889-4649. You will also need to contact Gwinnett County Tax Assessor’s office at (770) 822-7220, to close the personal property tax account.

Good luck with your business this year. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Autumn Cole at (770) 945-6761 or

The State of Georgia allows for certain practitioners to have the option of paying a flat fee of $25.00 instead of paying based on gross receipts. The following licensed professionals have this option. Please select the applicable title.
I elect to pay a $25.00 flat tax per practitioner in lieu of paying a tax based on gross receipts. of practitioner(s) x $25.00 = $ 2023 tax amount due (You must enter $0 as your GROSS RECIEPTS above)

Please submit 2022 Form 990 from Internal Revenue Service. Also, enclose all required documents from the front page except the documentation supporting gross receipts. If the 2022 Form 990 has not been filed, please provide a letter stating that the business is a non-profit.

Banks pay as regulated by the State of Georgia, using the 2022 Form PT440. Also, enclose all required documents from the front page except the documentation supporting gross receipts.

Disabled veterans are exempt from payment of occupational taxes, administration fees, and regulatory fees imposed by local governments for peddling, conducting a business, or practicing a profession or semi profession upon meeting the following eligibility requirements: (1) be discharged under honorable conditions from the armed forces of the United States; (2) have 10 percent disability for certain wartime veterans or a 25 percent service-connected disability for peace time-only veterans; and (3) have an income that is not liable for state income taxes. [O.C.G.A. § 43-12-1 – § 43-12-4]

Secure and Verifiable Documents Under O.C.G.A. §50-36-2

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 (“IIREA’), as amended by Senate Bill 160, signed into law as Act No. 27, (2013), provides that “[n]ot later than August 1, 2011, the Attorney General shall provide and make public on the Department of Law’s website a list of acceptable secure and verifiable documents. The list shall be reviewed and updated annually by the Attorney general.” O.C.G.A. §50-36-2(g). The Attorney General may modify this list on a more frequent basis, if necessary.

The following list of secure and verifiable documents, published under the authority of O.C.G.A. §50-36-2, contains documents that are verifiable for identification purposes, and documents on this list may not necessarily be indicative of residency or immigration status.

  • An unexpired United States passport or passport card [O.C.G.A. §50-36-2(b)(3); 8 CFR §274a.2]
  • An unexpired United States military identification card [O.C.G.A §50-36-2(B)(3); 8 CFR §274a.2]
  • An unexpired driver’s license issued by one of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the United States Virgin Island, American Samoa, or the Swain Islands, provided that it contains a photograph of the bearer or lists sufficient identifying information regarding the bearer, such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address to enable the identification of the bearer [O.C.G.A §50-36-2(b)(3); 8 CFR §274a.2]
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