The Georgia Department of Revenue needs all cities to designate a city official to receive information regarding a “refund claim of local significance”. New legislation that became effective July 1, 2016, as a result of HB 960 requires the Department of Revenue to notify each local government affected by a “refund claim of local significance.”
Such claims include refund claims or overpayments when the total amount of such claims or overpayments is greater than 10 percent of the total yearly average of sales and use tax distributions to the city over the prior three calendar years.
A “refund claim of local significance” may consist of more than one pending refund claim filed by a taxpayer.
The Department of Revenue will provide written notification to each city affected by a “claim of local significance.” Such notice will be provided to a designee selected by the city. The designee may be the Mayor or any other city official.
All cities must certify to the Department of Revenue the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the designee authorized to receive information about a refund claim of local significance according to the procedure outlined in Items 4-6 of this notice.
The Department of Revenue has informed GMA that, to date, only 18 local governments have registered to receive this information.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the required certification and if GMA can be of assistance.