Helpful Filing Tips for Individuals Income

Avoid Filing Errors and Delays in the Processing of your Return

File Electronically

  • Qualified taxpayers can file electronically for free
  • When you file electronically and choose direct deposit, you may receive your refund in less than 15 business days
  • File fast and securely from your home PC
  • Electronic Payment options are convenient, safe, and a secure method for paying your taxes

Avoid sending your return by certified mail

  • Sending your return via certified mail or courier will not speed the processing of your return
  • The postal service imposes special handling procedures for certified mail that may delay processing your return 
  • The Department’s preferred methods of paper document delivery are First Class, Priority Mail via United States Postal Service (USPS) with Certificate of Mailing or Express Mail via the USPS 
  • If you prefer mail confirmation the preferred methods are First Class Mail with Delivery Confirmation or Certified Mail with Electronic Return Receipt Requested 

Tax Software

  • Use the current version of your tax software and check for updates periodically 
  • Overriding software warnings can result in invalid forms 
  • Avoid making handwritten changes to your return 
  • Use your software to make corrections
  • Reprint a copy of your return with the updated changes 

Completing the Return

  • Type or use black or blue ink only when filling out a return
  • You can complete a fillable form online. Fill in the information and print a copy of the return
  • Please do not staple your check, W-2s or any other documents to your return 
  • Make sure the mailing address is complete and accurate
  • Mail your return, payment and all necessary documentation to the appropriate address listed on the return 
  • Submit at minimum pages 1, 2, and 3 of the Georgia Form 500 Return 
  • Submit at minimum page 1 and 2 of the Georgia 500 EZ Return 
  • Submit proper documentation (schedules, statements and supporting documentation, including W-2s, other states’ tax returns, or necessary federal returns and schedules) 
  • Carefully check the identification numbers on your return for each person listed 
  • Review your calculations on your return 
  • Sign your return
  • Taxpayers must sign and date their returns 
  • Both spouses must sign the joint return, even if there was only one income reported 
  • The return preparer should also sign the return 

Payments and vouchers

  • Make your checks or money order payable to the Georgia Department of Revenue 
  • Please do not staple your payment to the voucher 
  • Please do not fold your voucher and check 
  • Remove your check stub and keep with your records 
  • Cut the payment voucher along the dotted lines 
  • Use current year payment vouchers to file for the current tax year 
  • Use the current version of your tax software and check for updates periodically
  • Use the correct tax year ending and due dates when completing vouchers 

Amended Returns

  • File Form 500X to correct information reported on Form 500 
  • Do not use Form 500 to correct a previously filed return or Form 500X as an original Return 

Forms

  • Current and previous year tax forms can be obtained from the Department’s website