Special to Atmore News
Gov. Kay Ivey announced this week that the one-time tax rebates included in her 2023 budget will be on the way to Alabama residents beginning December 1.
Ivey said the rebates — $150 for a single person, head of family or a married person who filed a separate return, $300 for a married couple who filed a joint return — are from the state’s historic budget surplus. The rebates are designed to “provide meaningful financial relief to working Alabama families.”
The governor pointed out in her 2023 State of the State address that the surplus is money that belongs to the state’s working individuals and families.
“This is the people’s money, and it’s only right, while acknowledging we are recording revenues far exceeding normal and sustainable levels, (that) we give a fair share of this money directly back to the people of Alabama. From the very beginning, it has been my belief that it is the responsibility of government to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars while actively looking for ways to support citizens through tough times.”
To qualify for the rebates, taxpayers must have filed a 2021 Individual Income Tax return which the Alabama Department of Revenue received on or before October 17, 2022. Non-residents, states, trusts or anyone who was claimed as a dependent during the 2021 tax year do not qualify.
Qualified taxpayers can expect to receive their rebate — which will not be taxable for Alabama income tax purposes — based on how they received their 2021 tax year refund, by direct deposit or paper check. Qualified taxpayers that did not receive a 2021 tax year refund can expect a paper check.