Don’t Panic! GA State Returns Will Process

Georgia State Department of Revenue will begin to process Individual Income Tax Returns on February 1, 2018.

The state has been completing an update to their systems to curtail fraud with tax returns, specifically with email phishing scams. 

Be reminded of the following:

Individuals:
  • DOR will begin processing 2017 individual income tax returns on February 1, 2018.
  • It may take more than 90 days from the date of receipt by DOR to process a return and issue a refund.
  • All first-time Georgia income tax filers, or taxpayers who have not filed in GA for at least five years, will receive their refund in the form of a paper check.
Businesses:
  • Businesses must file employee W-2 information with DOR by January 31.
  • Employers who file late may face penalties, and will slow the processing of their employees’ tax returns.

The DOR also has been working with the IRS, the tax industry and other state revenue departments as part of the Security Summit initiative to continue strengthening processing systems to protect taxpayers from identity theft and refund fraud. The DOR and Summit partners continue to improve these safeguards to further protect taxpayers filing in 2018.