Thursday, September 18, 2008

City of Atlanta Provides Amnesty Program for Business Tax and Unpaid Parking Tickets

Vehicle owners with unpaid parking tickets and unregistered businesses got a reprieve Monday after the Atlanta City Council approved the administration’s proposal to grant an amnesty period for outstanding late fees, penalties and interest lodged after violators.

According to the City Treasury Department, Atlanta is owed between $10 and $15 million for unpaid parking tickets and unregistered businesses.

Failure to register a business doing business in the City of Atlanta or to abide by the parking regulations of the city within city limits may result in the violator being assessed a fine. Failure to satisfy a fine in a timely manor can result in the assessment of additional late fees, penalties or interest that are added to the principal amount of the fine.

The Administration and some members of Council hope that the latest amnesty program will provide an incentive for violators to pay their obligation and accelerate the cash payments received by the City.

The program will apply to assessed late fees, penalties and interest for unpaid parking tickets accumulated through June 30, 2008. The amnesty period would be in effect from October 1, 2008 through December 1, 2008.

All assessed late fees, penalties and interest for unregistered businesses shall be forgiven provided that for any fee, penalty or interest forgiven, the City receives payment in full on the assessed original obligation during the amnesty period.
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