You’re in luck! In Georgia, homeowners are able to receive a significant discount on property taxes if the home is their primary residence. This is especially important as property value continues to rise.
If you purchased real estate property that is your principal place of residence as of January 1, 2023, you are potentially eligible to file for a homestead exemption.
What exactly is a homestead exemption?
A homestead exemption is a legal provision that reduces the amount of property taxes owed on owner-occupied homes.
When should I apply for a homestead exemption?
You will need to file the homestead exemption application and submit all requisite information and documentation by April 1 in order to be granted the homestead exemption for this year.
The deadline for filing is April 1st of this year for all counties in Georgia.
What information or documentation is required to file for a homestead exemption?
In order to complete the application, you will need the following information and documentation:
- Georgia Driver’s License or valid GA identification with your new address updated
- Social Security Number (Owner and Spouse)
- Registration for all vehicles owned in the county of your new address
- Recorded deed for new owners
- Trust document and affidavit if the property is in a trust
- Proof of income, previous year’s tax returns, and copy of Social Security Award Letter (for
Senior and other Special Exemptions)
- You must own the property as of January 1.
- The home must be considered your legal residence.
- You must occupy the home.
- You cannot claim a homestead exemption for another property in GA or any other state.
- Married couples may only claim one exemption, even if they own property separately.
What can I expect after filing for a homestead exemption?
Good news! Once you have properly filed for the homestead exemption and it has been granted, the exemption will remain on your property until there is a change in ownership (i.e., you do NOT need to refile for the exemption every year).
Your recorded deed should have been sent to you by the closing attorney approximately 4-6 weeks after the closing. Please remember to contact the Tax Commissioner’s Office or Tax Assessor’s Office after you have filed the application to confirm receipt and that the taxing authority considers the exemption properly filed and granted.
For more information regarding filing instructions, contact your county tax officials. This may be the Tax Commissioner’s Office or Tax Assessor’s Office, depending on the county. If you are in a city, you may have to also file with the city (i.e. Milton, Roswell, and Alpharetta).
Please visit www.campbellandbrannon.com/homestead for the full list of Tax Assessor Office websites.
Congratulations again on your purchase, and please let us know if you have any questions about homestead exemption filings!
Below are links to apply for Georgia Homestead Exemption by county:
- Barrow County 770-307-3108 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-barrow
- Bartow County 770-387-5090 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-bartow
- Carroll County 770-830-5812 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-carroll
- Cherokee County 678-493-6120 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-cherokee
- Clayton County 770-477-3285 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-clayton
- Cobb County 770-528-3100 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-cobb
- Coweta County 770-254-2680 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-coweta
- Dawson County 706-344-3590 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-dawson
- Douglas County 770-920-7272 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-douglas
- DeKalb County 404-371-2479 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-dekalb
- Fayette County 770-305-5402 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-fayette
- Forsyth County 770-781-2106 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-forsyth
- Fulton County 404-612-6440 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-fulton
- Gwinnett County 770-822-7200 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-gwinnett
- Hall County 770-531-6720 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-hall
- Henry County 770-288-7999 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-henry
- Newton County 770-784-2030 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-newton
- Paulding County 770-443-7606 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-paulding
- Pickens County 706-253-8700 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-pickens
- Rockdale County 770-278-7676 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-rockdale
- Spalding County 770-467-4240 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-spalding
- Walton County 770-267-1352 https://dor.georgia.gov/county-property-tax-facts-walton
Other Homestead Exemption Opportunities
While all homeowners are able to apply for a standard homestead exemption, here is a list of several different exemptions available for which you may qualify:
- Individuals 65 Years of Age and Older May Claim a $4,000 Exemption
- Individuals 62 Years of Age and Older May Claim Additional Exemption for Educational Purposes
- Floating Inflation-Proof Exemption
- Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse
- Surviving Spouse of U.S. Service Member
- Surviving Spouse of Peace Officer or Firefighter