We spoke with a representative from the Georgia DOR, and this is what they said
Investigative reporter Kurt Dillon recently spoke with a representative from the Georgia Department of Revenue regarding the pending state income tax refund many Georgia residents have been eagerly anticipating.
Unfortunately for some, the news will not be good. After asking several questions, the representative confirmed that because this refund is based upon a surplus of revenue in the state's income tax coffers, only residents of Georgia who paid into those coffers will be eligible for the refund.
This means that many seniors and other residents who live below the poverty level, and who are not legally required to file tax returns, will not be eligible for any part of this refund.
As stated on the Georgia Department of Revenue website, the maximum refund amounts are as follows:
Single Residents: $250
Married Filing Separately: $250
Single Residents who also file as Head of Household: $375
Married Filing Jointly: $500 (for the couple - not per person)
NOTE: These are the MAXIMUM refund amounts per person. Not all people who receive refunds will qualify to receive the maximum refund. In order to receive the maximum refund, you must have had at least that much deducted from your paychecks throughout fiscal years 2019 and 2020. If you paid in but paid less than the maximum amount of the refund, you will receive 100% of the amount you paid in, not the maximum amount of the refund.
Specific refund exclusions:
- If you did not have Georgia State income taxes deducted from any of your paychecks in fiscal years 2019 or 2020, or
- if you did not file Georgia State income taxes for either of those years in 2020 or 2021 respectively, or
- if you filed your state income taxes late in either of those years without first receiving an authorized extension to file after the deadline--
You are not eligible to receive a refund as part of this bill
The criteria to be eligible to receive a refund are as follows:
- You must have paid income taxes to the State of Georgia during fiscal years 2019 and 2020
- You must have filed income tax returns with the state of Georgia for each of the previously mentioned years in 2020 and 2021 respectively
- Your fully completed tax returns in 2020 and 2021 must have been submitted before the deadlines for each of those years (meaning that they must have been filed on time and not late) unless you filed for an extension and were granted that extension prior to the filing deadline.
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