File Individual State Income Taxes

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:

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.

How Do I … File Individual State Income Taxes?

  • Get Prepared

    Complete your federal tax return before beginning your state tax return. Your federal tax return contains important information that you’ll need to file your state taxes.

  • Gather What You'll Need

  • Pay Your Taxes

    You can file state income tax electronically (through a tax vendor or directly with DOR), on paper, or hire someone to file your taxes for you. It is easiest to file your state taxes using the same method you used to file your federal taxes.

    • File taxes electronically through a tax vendor
    • 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.
  • Next Steps

    If you are due a refund, it can take up to 90 days from the time you file to receive it. You can track your tax refund online or contact the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Taxpayer Services Division.

Disclaimer: General This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please contact the related agency.

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