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Teacher Tax Credit

During th​e 2021 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 32 to establish an income tax credit for teachers of who agree to teach in high-need subject areas in certain rural schools and/or low-performing schools​​. Teachers who are recently hired to teach in a high-need subject area at a Participating School ​and selected to participate in the Teacher Tax Credit Program will receive a $3,000 tax credit for five consecutive school years. Selected applicants are​ able to deduct $3,000 per year from the amount of state income tax they owe for each of the five years they remain eligible for participation in the program.


Qualify​ing School List Update​:

​During the 2021 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed HB 32, which established a teacher recruitment and retention program for a refundable income tax credit for teachers who agree to teach in certain rural or low-performing schools (Teacher Tax Credit Program). This law requires the release of a list of Qualifying Schools (public schools located in a rural territory or that have performed in the lowest five (5) percent) to be published annually, by October 1st.   

The list of schools performing in the lowest five (5) percent is not yet available. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on state standardized testing, school identifications were paused and schools previously identified for low performance (i.e., Comprehensive Support and Improvement [CSI], Targeted Support and Improvement [TSI], and Turnaround Eligible Schools) continued to receive targeted state services and supports to facilitate improvement. The US Education Department (USED) signaled that states must resume school identifications after the 2021-2022 school year. The process for those school identifications is currently underway. ​

In an effort to ensure the accuracy of the list of Qualifying Schools, the Georgia Department of Education will delay publication of the Qualifying Schools list for the Teacher Tax Credit program until the 2022 CSI/TSI list is available. If you have questions about the Teacher Tax Credit program, please contact Ashley Thompson

Contact Information 

Ashley Thompson
Operations​ Specialist​, Educator Support Services Division
Georgia Department of Education​
2053 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404-710-0256​