Governor Brian P. Kemp signed House Bill 1302 on March 23, 2022, 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."
What is the HB 1302 Tax Refund?
HB 1302 allows Georgia taxpayers a refund of some or all of the 2020 income taxes due. The Georgia General Assembly recently passed, and Governor Kemp signed, legislation allowing for an additional refund of income taxes from 2020 because the state has experienced a revenue surplus.
Who's eligible for the tax refund?
Any Georgian who was a full-year resident in 2020 and 2021 and who also filed a Georgia individual income tax return for 2020 and 2021 is eligible for the refund. Part-year filers who file individual tax returns for both years (2020 and 2021) will be eligible for a proportional refund equal to the maximum amounts based on filing status multiplied by the share of their income taxable in Georgia.
What do I need to do to qualify?
You need to have filed your 2020 return and your 2021 return by the deadline for filing the 2021 return (including any extension granted by the Department of Revenue).
When will I receive this refund?
House Bill 1302 was signed into law by Governor Kemp on March 23, 2022, so some taxpayers may have already filed their 2021 returns. The Department of Revenue will attempt to include the HB 1302 refund along with other refund amounts due. For taxpayers whose 2021 returns have already been processed, the Department of Revenue will issue a separate refund.