The Georgia Individual Income Tax: Current Structure and Impact of Proposed Changes

June 20th, 1998 by Leave a Comment

Barbara M. Edwards Fiscal Research Program School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Executive Summary

The individual income tax generated over 45 percent of Georgia’s 1997 tax revenue, making it the largest single source of revenue for the state. While there are differences across states in the structure of income taxes, Georgia’s income tax is typical of the 41 states that levy an income tax on a broad definition of income. Georgia bases its tax on the federal adjusted gross income, as do most other states, and has deductions, exemptions and a rate structure that are consistent with other states.

There have been various calls for changes in the state income tax, largely driven by a desire to reduce taxes. Four options are considered.

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