2017 Homestead Exemption

Did you buy a home in 2016? Under Georgia law you are entitled to a Homestead Exemption (a reduction in your property taxes) for any property that you own and occupy as your primary residence as of January 1.  The exemption is not automatic, however, and you have to properly file for the exemption to save on your taxes.

You will need to file with your county’s Tax Commissioner by April 1 in order to receive the Homestead Exemption for this year. Once you have filed, the exemption will remain on your property until there is a change in ownership (i.e., you do NOT need to refile every year).

In order to complete the application, you will need several items as detailed on the application form, including the recording information from your vesting deed.  Your recorded vesting deed should have been sent to you by the closing attorney approximately 4-6 weeks after the closing. Please contact the Tax Commissioner’s office to confirm all of their requirements, and they will also furnish the forms for the application and be able answer any questions that you have.

It is always a good idea to contact your county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office or Tax Assessor’s Office after you have filed the form to confirm receipt and that the taxing authority considers the exemption properly filed.

Gwinnett County – deadline is April 1, 2017            770-822-8800

https://gwinnetttaxcommissioner.publicaccessnow.com/HomesteadExemption.aspx

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Fulton County – deadline is April 1, 2017                 404-612-6440

http://www.qpublic.net/ga/fulton/basic_homestead.html

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DeKalb County – deadline is April 1, 2017               404-298-4000

http://taxcommissioner.dekalbcountyga.gov/TaxCommissioner/homesteadOnlineApp/TChomesteadOnline.asp

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Cobb County – deadline is April 1, 2017                   770-528-8600

http://www.cobbtax.org/property/exemptioninformation

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Clayton County – deadline is April 1, 2017              770-477-3311

http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/departments/tax-commissioner/exemptions.aspx

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Cherokee County – deadline is April 1, 2017            678-493-6120

http://www.cherokeega.com/Tax-Assessors-Office/homestead-exemptions/

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Henry County – deadline is April 1, 2017                 770-288-8180                 

http://www.co.henry.ga.us/taxcommissioner/PropertyTaxExemptions.shtml

https://www.henrytc.org/content/files/HENRY%20COUNTY%20HOMESTEAD%20EXEMPTION%20FORM.PDF?v636129362260708386

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Forsyth County – deadline is April 1, 2017               770-781-2106

http://www.qpublic.net/ga/forsyth/homestead.html

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Douglas County – deadline is April 1, 2017              770-920-7272

http://www.douglastaxcommissioner.net/Exemptions_31XR.html

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Fayette County – deadline is April 1, 2017               770-461-3652

http://www.fayettecountytaxcomm.com/subpages/Homestead.asp

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Paulding County – deadline is April 1, 2017            770-443-7606

http://www.paulding.gov/index.aspx?NID=210

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