What is Homestead Exemption and How Do I File?

Dated: March 15 2021

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A homestead exemption is a legal provision that helps to reduce the amount of property taxes on owner-occupied homes.  Applications must be submitted on or before April 1st.  Applications received after April 1st will be applied to the following year.

The home must be your legal residence for all purposes including the registration of your vehicles and the filing of your Federal and Georgia income tax returns. Georgia Law 48-5-444 states, “Each motor vehicle owned by a resident of this state shall be returned in the county where the owner claims a homestead exemption.”   Hey Georgia has self-serve tag kiosks! Find the closest one to you here dor.georgia.gov/mvd-self-service-tag-kiosk

You are not eligible if you or your spouse claim a homestead exemption in another city, county or state. If you are currently claiming homestead elsewhere, you must notify the appropriate authority to remove the exemption.  Homestead exemptions are not granted on rental property, vacant land or on more than one property (in this state or any other state).

Once granted, exemptions are automatically renewed each year.  (One exception is the Fulton County Low Income exemption which the law requires to be renewed every two years)  The renewal continues as long as the homeowner continually occupies the property under the same ownership.  If the deed is changed, the exemption will be removed and the property owner will need to re-file.

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 COUNTY 770-528-8600. www.cobbtax.org

GWINETT COUNTY 770-822-8800. www.gwinetttaxcommissioner.com

CHEROKEE COUNTY 678-493-6120  www.cherokeega.com

CLAYTON COUNTY 770-477-3311 www.claytoncountyga.com

DOUGLAS COUNTY 770-920-7272 www.douglastaxcommissioner.com

FAYETTE COUNTY 770-461-3652. www.fayettecountytaxcomm.com

FORSYTH COUNTY 770-781-2106. www.forsythco.com

PAULDING COUNTY 770-443-7606  www.paulding.gov

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