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Taxes

With various local and state tax incentives available, you’ll find Savannah has multiple advantages to help keep your bottom-line, in line.

Personal Income Tax
Rate Earned Indiv. Income
5.75% Paid on $750-$7000+ of earned income

Source: GA DOR, 2019

Corporate Income Tax
State Local
Rate 5.75% 0
Formula (e.g. Sales, Property and Payroll) Gross Receipts in Georgia/Total Gross Receipts

Source: GA DOR, 2020

Franchise Tax
Franchise Tax State Local
Rate (Range) Max. $5000 0
Formula (e.g. Sales, Property and Payroll) Property + Sales in Georgia/Total Property & Sales

Source: GA DOR, 2019

Sales Tax Rate by Utility
Sales Tax Rate by Utility Percentage
Electric Power 7%
Natural Gas 7%
Fuel Oil 7%
Water 0%
Sewer 0%
Telephone- Local 7%
Telephone- Long Distance in State 0%
Telephone- Long Distance- Out of State 0%

Source: GA DOR, 2019

Sales/Use Tax Rates
Sales/Use Tax Rates Percentage
State 4%
Local 3%
Total 7%

Source: GA DOR, 2019

Machinery & Equipment Subject to Sales/Use Tax
Machinery and Equipment Subject to Sales/Use Tax Percentage
Production 0%
Non-Production 7%
Pollution Control 0%
Office Furniture/Fixtures/Equipment 7%

Source: GA DOR, 2019

Subject to Personal Property Tax
Item Yes or No
Production Machinery and Equipment Yes, Exemption Available
Non-Production Machinery and Equipment Yes
Pollution Control No
Raw Materials Yes, Exemption Available
Work in Progress Yes, Exemption Available
Finished Goods Yes, Exemption Available
Applicable to Warehousing Out of State Shipments
Applicable to Manufacturing Yes
Goods Stored in a Public Warehouse Only if Being Shipped Outside the Country as a Final Destination
Office-Furniture Fixtures Yes
Computer Equipment Yes
Workstations Yes
Telephones Yes
Furniture Yes
Company Vehicles No
Standard Software Yes
Custom Software No

Source: Chatham County Board of Assessors, 2019

Real and Personal Property Tax Rates (2019-2020)
Savannah Pooler Port Wentworth Garden City Thunderbolt Bloomingdale Tybee Island Vernonburg Unincorporated
City Millage 12.856 3.754 4.160 3.690 6.148 0.000 3.931 0.000 0.000
County Millage 11.543 11.543 11.543 11.543 11.543 11.543 11.543 11.543 11.543
State Millage 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
School Millage 18.881 18.881 18.881 18.881 18.881 18.881 18.881 18.881 18.881
Special District Millage 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 4.911
Transit District 1.150 0.000 1.150 1.150 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 1.150
Total Millage 44.430 34.178 35.734 35.264 36.572 30.424 34.355 30.424 36.485
Assessment Ratio (%) 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40
Effective Rate per $1000 $17.77 $13.67 $14.29 $14.11 $14.63 $12.17 $13.74 $12.17 $14.59

Source: Chatham County Board of Assessors, 2019-20