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State Rep Bonner Introduces Legislation to Provide $1.6 Billion in Tax Refunds to Georgia Taxpayers

State Representative Josh Bonner (R-Fayetteville), one of the governor’s floor leaders, recently introduced House Bill 1302, legislation that would provide a one-time tax credit for eligible Georgia taxpayers who filed income tax returns in both 2020 and 2021.

Rep. Bonner is carrying HB 1302 on behalf of Governor Brian Kemp, who recently announced his plan to issue tax refunds using an undesignated revenue surplus of $1.6 billion.

“When government takes in more than it needs, surplus funds should be sent back to the hardworking Georgians who move our state forward,” said Rep. Bonner. “The taxpayers should have full jurisdiction over where their excess money goes. After all, people, not the government, know how to use their hard-earned income best.”

Based on their 2020 tax filer status, 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 2021 tax returns are processed by the state. This tax refund would not be taxable under Georgia law, and taxpayers would not accrue interest on the rebate.

During his annual State of the State address, Gov. Kemp announced his intentions to issue tax refunds to Georgian taxpayers. The governor proposed that the Georgia Department of Revenue issue $1.6 billion in tax refunds to every taxpayer in Georgia using funds from this surplus.

First Reader Summary for HB 1301: 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 2020 and 2021 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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For more information on HB 1301, click here.


Representative Josh Bonner represents the citizens of District 72, which includes portions of Coweta and Fayette counties. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2016, and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee and Vice Chairman of the Creative Arts & Entertainment Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Economic Development, Economic Development & Tourism, Human Relations & Aging, Interstate Cooperation and Industry and Labor committees.

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