At the City Commission meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021, the City of Douglas Mayor and Commission approved an extended grace period for business owners and/or property owners to pay delinquent personal and property taxes owed to the City, County, and School Board. The grace period will be now through February 28, 2022. This extension will allow more time to pay debt owed for personal/property taxes. All businesses operating in the City of Douglas, whether they owe back taxes or not, need to pay their 2021 license fee by May 31, 2021. Each year, business licenses expire on December 31st. The normal renewal period is November 1 through February 28.
“This action comes after discovering that several businesses or property owners in our city owe taxes or other debts to the City and County,” says Mayor Tony Paulk. “We are trying to work with our business and property owners because we know that many in our community have been facing hardships and adjusting to policy relating to the ordinance. We hope that by allowing an extended grace period, this will give everyone time to follow through and bring their delinquent taxes current.”
City staff will move forward with processing provisional occupational tax (business) license renewals for the tax indebted individuals/businesses provided the business or property owner signs an agreement with terms outlined by the City of Douglas. If, after signing the agreement, a business or property owner does not bring their tax delinquency current as of February 28, 2022; effective March 1, 2022, the business or property owner will be charged a 10% penalty. The business owner/property owner may also face a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 per day, if found to be operating without an official occupational tax license from the City of Douglas.
The extension of time by the City of Douglas, does not alter any collections, sales, or plans by the Coffee County Commission. To settle delinquent taxes, the business or land owner will need to visit the Tax Commissioner’s Office at the Coffee County Courthouse. To pay business license fees, customers should go to the Community Development Department – Code Enforcement office which is located at the Ashley-Slater House, 211 S. Gaskin Avenue. For more information concerning renewal of business licenses or operating a business within the City of Douglas, please call the Code Enforcement Division, (912) 389-3460 or (912) 389-3462.