Property Tax Homestead Exemptions
Homestead exemptions vary by county and by circumstance, so it’s important to determine if you meet the criteria and then check with your individual county to further determine your specific exemption.
WHO is Eligible?
To be granted a homestead exemption a person must actually occupy the home, with the home being considered their legal residence for all purposes.
Persons that are away from their home because of health reasons will not be denied homestead exemption. A family member or friend can notify the tax receiver or tax commissioner and the homestead exemption will be granted.
WHEN Must I File?
You must file by April 1.
Homestead applications that are filed after April 1 will not be granted until the next calendar year.
Failure to apply by the deadline will result in loss of the exemption for that year.
WHERE Do I File?
Homestead Applications are filed with your County Tax Officials . Application for homestead exemption must be filed with the Tax Commissioner’s Office.
Note: In some counties the Tax Assessor’s Office has been delegated to receive applications for homestead exemption.
WHAT Else Do I Need To Know?
Exemptions by State and Counties are different. Exemptions are available from the state of Georgia and also by the county, so make sure to explore both as exemptions by the state are often more beneficial.
WHAT Documents Might I Need?
You will need the following items when applying for homestead exemption:
- Georgia Driver’s License or valid GA identification
- Social Security Number (Owner and Spouse)
- Registration for all vehicles owned
- Recorded Deed for new owners (If our records have not been updated to reflect your name)
- Trust Document and Affidavit if the property is in a trust
- Proof of Income (Senior and other Special Exemptions)
- Previous year Federal and State income tax returns (For exemptions with income requirements)
- Social Security Award Letter if you do not file income tax (For exemptions with income requirements)