Georgia State Tax
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What is Georgia Tax?
Georgia taxes on a number of things, from income and sales tax, to property taxes.
Who Pays Georgia Income Tax?
Georgia income tax, in particular, is a tax levied on income you earn within the state. In Georgia, income tax is a amount of money you pay to the state government based on a percentage of the income you make at your job. So, if you earn an income connected to Georgia, you must pay Georgia income tax.
Similar to federal taxes, Georgia income tax is self-assessed. And, if you work remotely, you generally will pay taxes to the state in which the work is performed. Employers will generally also pay taxes on wages paid to these workers to the same state, even if the employer has no physical presence in that state. These rules may change if you are working from home due to COVID.
How To Pay Georgia Income Tax
View the following instructions for how to pay Georgia state income taxes from Georgia Department of Revenue.
What Are Georgia Tax Rates?
View the Georgia tax rates.
When Are Georgia Tax Returns Due?
The state tax deadlines often coincide with the federal tax deadline, which typically is on April 15, unless it falls on a weekend. The Coronavirus epidemic could affect future state tax deadlines. (See more information about Georgia tax due dates.)
How Do You Check If You Paid Taxes in Georgia?
If you want to make sure your state taxes were paid, contact the Georgia Department of Revenue to see if your payment was received.
You can navigate directly there by visiting https://dor.georgia.gov/wheres-my-refund.
Deducting State Income Tax
If you pay Georgia state income tax, the IRS allows you to claim a deduction on your federal tax return for what you paid. You can claim a state income tax deduction if you itemize deductions on your federal return.
To determine if you should itemize your deductions on your federal return, add up your calendar-year deductible expenses reported on the federal Schedule A, including your state income tax expense, and determine if it’s greater than the standard deduction amount for your filing status. Single filers can claim a standard deduction of $12,400 on their federal tax return. So, if you pay more than that with income tax and other itemized deductions, then consider itemizing your taxes.
Because of to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, state and local tax deductions are limited to $10,000 per year ($5,000 for married filing separately).
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