Do You Need to File for a Homestead Exemption?

Last Year Did You:

Purchase a Primary Residence?
Turn 62? Turn 65? Become Disabled?

If So, You Need To File for a Homestead Exemption

A homestead exemption is a reduction in homeowners’ property taxes of their primary residence.  You cannot file for homestead exemption on rental property, vacant land or on more than one property. In addition to basic homestead exemption there are additional exemptions for residents age 62 and older and/or disabled and disabled veterans. Some special exemption types require in person visit to the tax offices.
In order to qualify for a homestead exemption, the owner must be the owner of record and occupy the property as his or her principal residence on or before January 1st of the year following their purchase.  Ordinarily, the homestead exemption will then remain in place until there is another change in ownership. The method by which a homeowner may file varies from county to county.  Historically, a homeowner had to file in person, but now many counties have established procedures on their websites for filing online, or for accessing the forms and obtaining the different options available for filing. You may also access information for every county in the State of Georgia at www.etax.dor.ga.gov.
Information you MAY need to include with your application: a copy of your recorded Warranty Deed or a copy of your Settlement Statement along with your photo I.D. You may also be asked for your automobile registration or tag numbers as proof of residency.
Dekalb County:
404-298-4000  www.dekalbcountyga.gov/taxcommissioner
Fulton County:
404-224-0102  www.fultonassessor.org
Cobb:
***In person only *** 770-528-8600  www.cobbtax.org
Gwinett:
Cherokee:
***In person only *** 678-493-6120  www.cherokeega.org
Clayton:
***In person only *** 770-477-3311  www.claytoncountyga.org
Douglas:
Fayette:
***In person only *** 770-461-3652  www.claytoncountyga.org
Forsyth:
***In person or by mail only *** 770-781-2106  www.forsythco.com
Paulding:
***In Person Only*** 770-443-7606  www.paulding.gov
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