ATLANTA (WSAV) – The first round of surplus tax refund checks have been issued to Georgia filers, Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Revenue announced Monday.

Legislation signed into law earlier this year allows for an additional refund of income taxes from 2021 due to the state’s revenue surplus.

“Georgia is once again in a position to issue surplus tax refunds thanks to years of responsible, conservative budgeting and because we chose to protect both lives and livelihoods during the pandemic,” Kemp boasted. “While failed policies coming out of Washington, D.C. are pushing us closer to a recession and forcing hardworking Georgians to endure sky-high inflation, we on the state level are doing what we can to return money back where it belongs – in taxpayers’ hands.”

Filers must have paid and filed taxes for the prior two tax years to be eligible for the refund.

  • Single filers and married individuals who file separately could receive a maximum refund of $250.
  • Head of household filers could receive a maximum refund of $375.
  • Married individuals who file joint returns could receive a maximum refund of $500.

Refunds will be based on an individual’s tax liability for Tax Year 2021. Additionally, taxpayers claimed as a dependent who had a 2021 tax liability will be eligible for the refund.

According to the state, it’s anticipated that all refunds for those who filed by April 18 will be issued within the next eight weeks. Those who received a filing extension won’t receive their returns until their returns have been filed.

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It’s the second year in a row that lawmakers have approved Kemp’s request to issue income tax refunds.

The Associated Press contributed