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Georgia House Passes Legislation to Provide $1 Billion in One-Time Tax Refunds to Georgia Taxpayers

State Representative Lauren McDonald (R-Cumming), one of Governor Brian Kemp’s floor leaders, announced that the Georgia House of Representatives passed House Bill 162, legislation which would provide a one-time tax refund for eligible citizens of Georgia. Rep. McDonald is carrying HB 162 on behalf of Gov. Kemp, who recently announced his plan to return $1 billion dollars back to taxpayers.

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“I want to thank Governor Kemp for allowing me to carry this bill on his behalf,” said Rep. McDonald. “If our state takes in more money than it needs to function, these surplus taxpayer dollars need to go back to the hard-working citizens of Georgia. This money belongs to the people and, therefore, should be returned to them when they need it the most, especially with 40-year-high inflation squeezing family budgets across our state.”

Based on their 2021 and 2022 tax filer statuses, single tax filers would receive a $250 refund, head-of-household filers would receive $375, and those who file jointly would receive a $500 refund once 2022 tax returns are processed by the state. The refund would not be available to nonresident aliens, individuals claimed as a dependent during the 2021 and 2022 tax years or an estate or trust. This tax refund would not be taxable under Georgia law, and taxpayers would not accrue interest on the rebate.

Earlier this legislative session, Governor Kemp announced his intention to allocate $1 billion in undesignated funds from the Amended Fiscal Year 2023 budget for one-time tax refunds.

First Reader Summary – A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to income taxes, so as to provide for a one-time tax credit for individual taxpayers who filed income tax returns for both the 2021 and 2022 taxable years; to provide for a definition; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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See more on HB 162 here.

Representative Lauren McDonald represents the citizens of District 26, which includes portions of Forsyth County. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2020 and currently serves as one of the Governor’s Floor Leaders. He also serves on the Creative Arts & Entertainment, Game, Fish & Parks, Human Relations & Aging, Natural Resources & Environment, Regulated Industries and Transportation committees.



  1. Sandra Cryder

    February 28, 2023 at 8:25 am

    Don’t feel like senior are done right. They’re not filling out taxes because of age and nothing to claim. Feel like we are being forgotten. We do have to pay taxes on everything we buy and for someone like me who is 72 years old it gets hard .

    • Robin renfroe

      February 28, 2023 at 12:47 pm

      And people who are parents that didn’t get to file are being left out that is also unfair

    • Antonia

      February 28, 2023 at 6:19 pm

      I get that my mom is 62 and raises my son and doesn’t file taxes so she has been getting nothing because of this crap…

    • Bulinda Moore

      March 9, 2023 at 7:02 pm

      Amen and thanks. I totally agree and I try to find work to help me but can not find work from home for me. We need help seriously because living on retirement is not easy at all.

  2. Brenda Barbee

    February 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    You won’t get it if get a refund of any of your Ga Georgia state tax. I want to know when Seniors are going to ge a break. Seems like everyone but Seniors get the tax breaks!

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