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Use SmartAsset's paycheck calculator to calculate your take home pay per paycheck for both salary and hourly jobs after taking into account federal, state, and local taxes.

Overview of Georgia Taxes

Georgia has a progressive income tax system with six tax brackets that range from 1.00% up to 5.75%. Peach State residents who make more money can expect to pay more in state and federal taxes. There are no local income taxes in Georgia.

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Georgia Paycheck Calculator

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Georgia Paycheck Quick Facts

  • Georgia income tax rate: 1% - 5.75%
  • Median household income: $61,980 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0

How Your Georgia Paycheck Works

As is the case in every U.S. state, employers in Georgia withhold a certain amount of federal and FICA taxes from each of your paychecks to send to the IRS. The IRS puts federal taxes toward your annual income taxes, and FICA taxes go to Medicare and Social Security.

Your employer withholds 1.45% of your wages for Medicare taxes and 6.2% for Social Security taxes every pay period. Your employer then matches those Medicare and Social Security taxes in order to pay the full FICA taxes, which are actually total 2.9% and 12.4%, respectively, of your wages. There is also an additional 0.9% Medicare surtax on earnings that exceed $200,000. Your employer does not match the surtax. If you’re self-employed, you have to pay the full FICA taxes on your own. Luckily, there are deductions to help you recoup some of that during tax season.

The rate at which federal taxes are withheld from your paycheck depends on the information you provide on your Form W-4. Whenever you start a new job or experience a major life event like welcoming a child into your family, you will need to fill out a new W-4. Other factors that affect the taxes withheld are your marital status and what pre-tax contributions you make.

Furthermore, the IRS has made revisions to the W-4 in recent years. These updates remove allowances from the form. Instead, it uses a five-step process that allows you to enter your personal information, claim dependents and indicate any additional income or jobs. The form also requires filers to enter dollar amounts for income tax credits, non-wage income, itemized and other deductions and total annual taxable wages. These changes mainly affect those changing jobs or adjusting their withholdings. Employees hired before 2020 aren’t required to complete the updated form, but anyone who starts a job on Jan. 1, 2020 or after must do so. The tax return you file in 2021 will reflect any withholding adjustments you made in 2020.

Does your employer offer a 401(k) plan, health savings account or flexible spending account? Contributions to any of these accounts are pre-tax, so they come out of your paycheck before income tax is removed. That means you could lower your taxable income by putting money into these accounts. All of the above options above can help you lower the taxes you pay. However, keep in mind that if you don’t pay enough during the year, you could find yourself with a big bill come tax season. If you underpay your taxes by more than $1,000 you will also have to pay a penalty.

Georgia Median Household Income

YearMedian Household Income

If you file in Georgia as a single person, you will get taxed 1% of your taxable income under $750. If you earn more than that, then you’ll be taxed 2% on income between $750 and $2,250. The marginal rate rises to 3% on income between $2,250 and $3,750; 4% on income between $3,750 and $5,250; 5% on income up to $7,000; and, finally, 5.75% on all income above $7,000.

For married couples who file jointly, the tax rates are the same, but the income brackets are higher, at 1% on your first $1,000 and at 5.75% if your combined income is over $10,000.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Georgia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $7501.00%
$750 - $2,2502.00%
$2,250 - $3,7503.00%
$3,750 - $5,2504.00%
$5,250 - $7,0005.00%
Married, Filing Jointly
Georgia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $1,0001.00%
$1,000 - $3,0002.00%
$3,000 - $5,0003.00%
$5,000 - $7,0004.00%
$7,000 - $10,0005.00%
Married, Filing Separately
Georgia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $5001.00%
$500 - $1,5002.00%
$1,500 - $2,5003.00%
$2,500 - $3,5004.00%
$3,500 - $5,0005.00%
Head of Household
Georgia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $1,0001.00%
$1,000 - $3,0002.00%
$3,000 - $5,0003.00%
$5,000 - $7,0004.00%
$7,000 - $10,0005.00%

A financial advisor in Georgia can help you understand how taxes fit into your overall financial goals. Financial advisors can also help with investing and financial plans, including retirement, homeownership, insurance and more, to make sure you are preparing for the future.

How You Can Affect Your Georgia Paycheck

If you were slapped with a huge tax bill or received a big lump sum refund during tax season, you may want to make adjustments to your tax withholding. Having to pay a tax bill in April could strain your budget; and while a big refund seems great, you could have had that money earning interest in a savings account all year.

One easy way to withhold more taxes is to ask your employer to do so. Simply write on the appropriate line of your W-4 a dollar amount that you want taken out of each paycheck. Want $10 taken out every time? Write that down. It might seem like you’re going to be getting smaller paychecks, but you’re simply paying the taxes you owe in advance, so you won’t be surprised with a large tax bill later.

Adjusting your pre-tax contributions can also affect how much taxes are withheld. Pre-tax contributions change how much taxable income you have because they come out of your wages before income tax is removed. Pre-tax accounts include flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, commuter benefits program and retirement accounts such as a 401(k) or 403(b).

Thinking of buying a home in Georgia? Now that you’ve learned all about the state’s income tax, head over to our Georgia mortgage guide. There you can learn more about rates and getting a mortgage in the Peach State.

Georgia Top Income Tax Rate

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Most Paycheck Friendly Places

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights the most paycheck friendly counties across the U.S. Zoom between states and the national map to see data points for each region, or look specifically at one of the four ranking factors in our analysis: Semi-Monthly Paycheck, Purchasing Power, Unemployment Rate, and Income Growth.

Rank County Semi-Monthly Paycheck Purchasing Power Unemployment Rate Income Growth

Methodology To find the most paycheck friendly places for counties across the country, we considered four factors: semi-monthly paycheck, purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth.

First, we calculated the semi-monthly paycheck for a single individual with two personal allowances. We applied relevant deductions and exemptions before calculating income tax withholding. To better compare withholding across counties, we assumed a $50,000 annual income. We then indexed the paycheck amount for each county to reflect the counties with the lowest withholding burden, or greatest take-home pay.

We then created a purchasing power index for each county. This reflects the counties with the highest ratio of household income to cost of living. We also created an unemployment index that shows the counties with the lowest rate of unemployment. For income growth, we calculated the annual growth in median income throughout a five year period for each county and then indexed the results.

Finally, we calculated the weighted average of the indices to yield an overall paycheck friendliness score. We used a one-half weighting for semi-monthly paycheck and a one-sixth weighting for purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth. We indexed the final number, so higher values reflect the most paycheck friendly places.

Sources: SmartAsset, government websites, US Census Bureau 2018 American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics