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Proposed code changes would require business license before opening
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to approve changes to the business license code, including reducing the grace period for late payments and requiring businesses to have a license before opening their doors, when it meets Thursday.

However, an earlier proposal to require businesses to submit a tax form verifying the number of people they employ has been scrapped.

Officials have said this requirement could potentially reveal personal details such as income earned and Social Security numbers, while also placing an unnecessary burden on compliant businesses.

Commissioner Scott Gibbs said at a work session Monday that the county will review possible changes to the fee schedule for business licenses, which are calculated based on the number of employees and the specific type of commercial operation.

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