File taxes electronically through a tax vendor
- You can file your taxes electronically using a tax software vendor approved by the State of Georgia.
- Verify that all your information is correct before submitting.
- You will likely be charged a fee to file your taxes through a tax vendor. Depending on your situation, you may qualify to file your state income taxes for free.
File taxes electronically, directly with DOR
File taxes using paper forms
- Filing electronically is the fastest method to file and receive a refund, if you are owed one. However, you can file using paper forms.
- Fill out and submit a paper Form 500 Individual Income Tax Return. Mailing address for state individual income tax forms.
- Follow all instructions to complete the form and be sure to verify that all your information is correct before submitting.
Hire a professional to file your taxes for you
- Find a certified tax preparer near you. Be sure to verify that your tax professional has proper credentials in the State of Georgia.
- Provide your tax preparer with all the necessary information and documents.
People who have earned income in Georgia must file state income taxes.
Georgia individual income tax is based on your federal adjusted gross income (your income before taxes), adjustments that are required by Georgia law, and your filing requirements.
You must file taxes with the State of Georgia if:
- You are required to file a federal income tax return.
- You have income subject to Georgia income tax but not subject to federal income tax.
- Your income exceeds Georgia’s standard deduction and personal exemptions.
Typically, income tax returns and payments are due April 15, unless you file an extension or the deadline is extended by the governor.
The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) administers tax laws.