- Lynne Riley, new DOR Commissioner: Her CPA background will help with tax policy and regulation.
- Staci Guest, Chief Tax Officer: In this new position, she is handling many of the tasks previously done by Ed Many.
- Ronald Johnson, Jr, Director of Taxpayer Services (his dad also worked at DOR): Introduced special contact paths for CPAs and tax preparers: firstname.lastname@example.org.
gov and 404-417-2395
- Tax Tribunal Judge Larry O’Neal: Reported on this lower cost & quicker way to dispute tax issues. Most of the 3,000 cases are individual income tax issues.
- John Foster, Income Tax Policy Manager:
- The film tax credits are undergoing more scrutiny due to higher $ volume. Due to the large backlog of approvals and audits by the state, DOR employees are being added to this area.
- There were several tax credit changes that will start in 2016. These changes include the Conservation Tax Credit ending in 2016 (HB 464) and the Historic Building Tax Credit adding a new job creation bonus (HB 308) (Click here ).
- 2015 income tax forms are being changed to better administer tax credits. For example, pass-through entities (forms 600S & 700) will list each shareholder and tax credit amount. C corporations and individuals (forms 600 and 500) will list tax credits used and amount to be carried forward.
- Information Technology: DOR’s new Integrated Tax System (ITS) is leveraging technology to streamline processes, strengthen compliance and provide better customer service. The Georgia Tax Center (GTC) is will be adding income tax and tax credits capabilities soon (click here). There will be a new Business Credit Manager who will handle submitting tax credits for pre-approval (such as the private school tax credit). Finally, there is a new app for your smart phone called “myGATax.”
If you haven’t already done so, NOW is a great time to reach out to your clients to let them know about the tax credit $$ waiting for them!