Gov. Brian P. Kemp signed [March 23, 2022] House Bill 1302 providing a tax refund to all eligible Georgia taxpayers.
“When government takes in more than it needs, I believe those dollars should be returned to the taxpayer, because that is your money – not the government’s,” said Governor Kemp. “In Georgia, we are taking swift action to lessen the impact of the federal administration’s disastrous policies that have driven record-high inflation over the last year by putting taxpayer dollars back in the pockets of hardworking Georgians. I appreciate our Office of Planning and Budget and the members of the Georgia General Assembly who worked with us to ensure this important measure was passed, and Commissioner Crittenden and the Department of Revenue for their hard work to get these funds dispersed quickly and efficiently.”
HB 1302 will provide for a one-time tax credit for taxpayers who filed income tax returns for both the 2020 and 2021 taxable years. Once a qualified taxpayer files an individual income tax return for tax year 2021, the Georgia Department of Revenue will automatically credit the taxpayer with a one-time refund amount:
- Single, Married Filing Separate:$250.00
- Head of Household: $375.00
- Married Filing Joint: $500.00
“Georgia’s commitment to fostering economic growth through conservatism has positioned communities to flourish in each corner of the state,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan.“Although our state coffers have seen record-breaking numbers from continuous investment in the Peach State, we must maintain fiscal responsibility by putting dollars back in the hands of Georgians. I applaud Governor Kemp for leading this charge and appreciate my colleagues in the General Assembly for working to prioritize Georgia taxpayers.”
Speaker of the House David Ralston praised Kemp’s leadership in working with state lawmakers to provide the relief.
“We are returning more than a billion dollars to Georgia taxpayers as part of our continuing commitment to budget conservatively while meeting the needs of a growing, thriving state,” said Ralston. “I appreciate Gov. Kemp’s leadership and his willingness to work with the General Assembly on this and other important policy initiatives this session.”
“I applaud Governor Kemp’s leadership in returning surplus revenue to the deserving, hardworking taxpayers of Georgia,” said Floor Leader Josh Bonnor. “Our state, by applying sound, conservative budgeting principles, continues to set an example for others to follow.”
Taxpayers who have already filed their taxes for tax year 2021 will not need to adjust their tax returns. Those eligible taxpayers will receive their refund in the manner they indicated on their tax return (paper check or direct deposit).
For more information, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue’s website.
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