Georgia Wage and Payroll Tax Facts

February 02, 2024

Having to comply with unique state taxes and wage laws can make processing payroll doubly daunting. Here’s everything you need to know about these rates and laws for the state of Georgia.

The Peach State uses a lower minimum wage rate than the one required by the federal government, but only for employees not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The state also has some unique taxes for corporations based on their income and net worth. 
When it comes to processing payroll, Georgia-based organizations must handle the following taxes in addition to those required by the federal government:

The below information was last updated January 30, 2024. It is not intended as legal or tax advice.

Georgia Minimum Wage Rates

Wage Type

Georgia Rates

Federal Rates

Minimum Wage



Tipped Minimum Wage



Actual Tip Credit



*Only applies to employees in the state who aren't covered under the FLSA.

Georgia State Income Tax (SIT) Rates

Georgia has a flat income tax of 5.49%, meaning all residents pay the same amount regardless of their income levels. That rate will decrease by 0.10% every year until it reaches 4.99%.

Additional Georgia SIT Details

Valid Filing Statuses

  • S = Single
  • H = Head of Household
  • MS = Married, filing separately
  • MJ1 = Married, filing jointly (only one working)
  • MJ2 = Married, filing jointly (both working)

Exemptions (quantity)

  • 0 = None
  • 1 = Self
  • 2 = Self and spouse (only eligible for MJ1 status)

Exemptions (individuals)

  • Agricultural labor
  • Crew members
  • Domestics in homes, college clubs, fraternities, or sororities
  • Newspaper carriers under age 18
  • Ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers or by members of religious orders
  • Workers for foreign governments or international organizations
  • Workers doing work not in the course of an employer's business unless cash is $50 or more, or if not paid in cash
  • Persons with no Georgia income tax liability
  • Nonresident interstate commerce employees
  • Nonresident spouses of military personnel
  • Nonresident short-term nonresident workers
  • Residents working in another state that requires withholding

Form W-4

Form G-4

Reconciliation Frequency


Georgia State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) Rates

SUI provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined by state law) and meet the state’s eligibility requirements.

Georgia SUI Tax Details

Taxable Wage Base


Employee Subject to Tax


Rates for Experienced Employers

0.04% - 8.10%

Rates for New Employers


Effective Period

Calendar Year

Voluntary Contributions Allowed

Yes; due within 30 days of rate notice mailing.

Georgia State Disability Insurance (SDI) Rates

SDI benefits are funded by employees through mandatory payroll deductions from each paycheck. Georgia, however, doesn't require employers to collect an SDI tax.

Miscellaneous Georgia Tax Information

Reciprocal Agreement(s)

Reciprocal agreements are when workers who live and work in different states are only required to pay taxes to the state where they live. Georgia currently has no reciprocal agreements with any other states.

This doesn’t mean, however, that interstate workers living in Georgia pay double. It’s federally illegal for two states to tax the same income. In most cases, the employee’s work state will credit or refund them at tax time based on the taxes they owe their home state. If the tax rates differ, the employee must cover the difference.

Paid Sick Leave (PSL) Taxes

The state of Georgia doesn't require employers to collect PSL taxes, nor does the state have a program providing such leave to employees.

Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Taxes

The state of Georgia doesn't require employers to collect PFML taxes, nor does the state have a program providing such leave to employees.

Corporate Income Tax

In addition to payroll taxes for employees, Georgia also requires corporations to pay an income tax of 5.75% on their taxable net income if they own property or do business in Georgia, or receive income from the state. If a corporation has an S-Corporation status, the shareholders will pay this tax instead of the corporation itself.

Corporate Net Worth Tax

Some corporations will also have to pay a net worth tax in exchange for the privilege of doing business or exercising a corporate franchise in the state. Corporations with a net worth of $100,000 or less (based on submitted income tax returns beginning on or after January 1, 2018) are exempt from this tax but must still file returns.

The specific amount of the tax varies based on the corporation’s net worth, but the maximum annual rate is $5,000 for a net worth of $22 million or greater. All corporations doing business in Georgia for the first time must file an initial net worth return on or before the fifteenth day of the third calendar month after incorporation or qualification in the state.

Georgia Employer Registration

The agencies below can help with your state-based employer registration, including best practices, account numbers, and unemployment information. Contact the Department of Revenue for withholding tax topics and the Department of Labor for unemployment tax topics.

Registration Details

Department of Revenue

Department of Labor


(877) 423-6711 (404) 232-3301

Online Registration

Georgia Tax Center Login Page Employer Registration Application

Registration Form

N/A Employer Status Report

Registration Instructions

Online registration is required. Account number and filing frequency issued during the registration process. Online and paper registration options are available. Account number is given during the online registration process or shortly thereafter by mail.

Employer Self-Service Login

Georgia Tax Center Login Page Employer Portal Login Page

Additional Georgia Payroll Tax Resources


This information is provided as a courtesy and may be updated at any time. It is not intended as legal or tax guidance. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to seek the advice of a qualified CPA, tax attorney, or advisor.


Get Taxes Done Right, Without the Stress

We know there's a lot that goes into preparing and filing payroll tax forms. Save time and get support from our expert team. As a Registered Reporting Agent with the IRS, we can help prepare and file all the necessary forms you need to remain compliant - even in the face of changing legislation. Learn more here.

Payroll Tax Services