File Georgia Individual Income Tax - the Basics

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 is the due date for Georgia Individual Income Tax

  • Tax returns must be received or postmarked by the due date.

Do I have to file taxes with the state of Georgia? Yes, if:

  • You are required to file a Federal Return
  • You have income subject to Georgia income tax that is not subject to Federal income tax
  • Your income exceeds the standard deduction and personal deductions described under filing requirements in the Individual Income Booklet (IT-511)

What forms do I use and where do I get them?

Can I use the "EZ" Form (500EZ)? Yes, if:

  • Your income is not over $99,999 and you do not itemize deductions
  • You do not have any adjustments to your Federal Adjusted Gross Income
  • You are not 65 or older, or blind
  • Your filing status is single or married filing joint and you do not claim any exemptions other than yourself and/or your spouse.
  • You lived in Georgia the entire year
  • You are not claiming an estimated tax credit

Otherwise, use Form 500.

Can I file Electronically?

Yes! File online using approved tax software or you may be eligible to File for Free.

You may also download the tax forms, save them and fill them out on your computer.  Once completed, print and mail them.

Filing electronically will get your return to you the fastest.  Handwritten forms take the longest to process.

What if I need to file an extension?

  • You must file an extension by April 17, 2018
  • This is NOT an extension to pay.  Use Form IT-560 Payment Voucher with your extension payment
  • You can pay online at the Georgia Tax Center. Login and look for "Make a Quick Payment"

Where do I mail tax forms?

If you owe tax, mail your return and payment along with Form 525-TV to the address on the form. Make your check or money order payable to the Georgia Department of Revenue. Need other mailing addresses?

Why File Electronically?

  • Get your refund back quicker if you file electronically and use direct deposit
  • Faster and more accurate processing
  • Eliminates mailing
  • More reasons why

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For complete directions download the 2017 tax booklet (IT-511)