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Governor signs Georgia tax refund for this year

Opponent calls it an election year givaway, but it could put $250-$500 back in taxpayers pockets

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – Georgia is sending out tax refunds this year, thanks to a budget surplus.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed the $1.1 billion refund plan into law on Wednesday.

He says the state is giving back the money because they really don’t need it this year.

“When government takes in more than it needs, I believe those dollars should be returned to the taxpayer, because that is your money – not the government’s.”

The refunds should go out in the next six to eight weeks.

Here is what you’ll get:

  • Single, Married Filing Separate – $250.00
  • Head of Household – $375.00
  • Married Filing Joint – $500.00

You must have filed tax returns for both 2020 and 2021 to qualify.

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David Perdue, who is running against Gov. Kemp in the primary this spring, calls the refund an election year bribe of sorts.

“This is a one-time giveaway right before the primary election from a Governor who is opposed to eliminating the state income tax. Call it what it is: a desperate attempt to get votes. This is exactly what Georgians hate about politics and career politicians. When I’m Governor, we won’t play these election-year games — we’ll eliminate the state income tax.”

The tax refund is a one-year-only law.

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