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Set Up Georgia Returns

This article applies to:Returns Central

Tell Us Where You Collect Tax 

Add Georgia to the places where you collect tax. This tells AvaTax to calculate tax on Georgia transactions. See the Georgia Department of Revenue website for details about nexus, registration, and taxes in Georgia.

Before you add Georgia, there are two things you need to do:

You don't have to select a tax type for Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Revenue has info for both in-state sales and sales from out of state

"Sourcing" determines the location where a sale is taxed. Georgia is a destination-sourced state.

Add Your Company Locations 

Add any physical locations you have in Georgia. This is important for reporting on the Georgia GA ST-3 Schedule for Outlets.

When you add a location:

  • Enter the state-assigned, nine-digit Certificate of Registration number under Additional Information
  • After you validate the location address, make sure it falls in the jurisdictions you expect. If not, you may want to manage your jurisdiction overrides

The number you enter for the Certificate of Registration depends on how you're registered and filing returns for your locations.

  • If you file a consolidated return, enter the state-assigned certificate of registration number. This is a nine-digit number that's assigned when you register your location. This number should be entered without any dashes, spaces, or other punctuation. Example: 999999999. This is not the general Sales Tax Number which begins with "200."
  • For locations that file on separate single-location forms, enter the nine-digit general Sales Tax Number that's assigned by the state. The general Sales Tax Number begins with "175." Example: 175-999999

Schedule Your Returns

After you tell us where you collect tax and add locations, you're ready to schedule returns. Go to Returns in AvaTax to provide a funding power of attorney and schedule your returns

Your company name and taxpayer ID from Your Company Details show up on your returns. Make sure they match what’s on your registration information.

Use this info to schedule your returns. Keep in mind that the selections you made when you told us where you collect tax, any location codes you entered, and the forms you select are related and should tie together.

All tax types are reported on a single Georgia sales and use tax form. Confirm your filing frequency on the registration information provided by the state.

  • Select form GA ST-3 if you're reporting for only one in-state location or only out-of-state sales
    • The registration ID (also called the Sales Tax Number or STN) is a nine-digit number beginning with "175." Example: 175-999999
  • Select form GA ST-3 Schedule for Outlets if you have more than one in-state location and are registered to file a consolidated return
    • The consolidated account has its own nine-digit registration ID (STN) beginning with "200." Example: 200-999999
    • Each location has a separate nine-digit Location STN that falls under the consolidated account. Example: 999999999
  • Select form GA ST-3 for each location if you have more than one in-state location and aren't registered to file a consolidated return
    • Each location requires a separate nine-digit registration ID (STN) beginning with "175." Example: 175-999999

Some Georgia taxpayers are required to make monthly prepayments.

  • Prepayment amounts are determined by the state and are typically updated each March based on the total tax amount from the previous calendar year. You receive a notice by mail if prepayments are required. A copy of the notice can be found in the Correspondence tab on the state website. 
  • Submit a support case with the notice attached. The Avalara Compliance team then adds the recurring prepayment amount to your GA returns.
  • No additional schedules need to be filed in order to remit prepayments. Prepayments are made on the monthly return. The prior month's prepayment is applied as a credit to the same return.
  • See the Georgia Department of Revenue website or contact the Georgia Department of Revenue at 877-423-6711 for more info about prepayments

First-time filers must file monthly for the first six months. After that, depending on the tax threshold reached, the state may notify you that your filing frequency has changed. Log into your account on the state website to request a different filing frequency.

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