If you bought a home last year, be sure to file for a homestead exemption before the early Spring deadline.

 

Generally, a homeowner is entitled to a homestead exemption on their home and the land underneath provided the home was owned by the homeowner and was their legal residence as of January 1 of the taxable year.

A homestead exemption is a reduction in homeowners' property taxes. To qualify, the homeowner must apply for this exemption on or before the yearly deadline set for that county. Failure to apply by the deadline will result in the loss of the exemption for that year.

Once granted, this exemption is automatically renewed each year as long as the homeowner(s continually occupy the home under the same ownership.

The home must be your legal residence for all purposes including the registration of your vehicles and the filing of your income tax. 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 veterans, and surviving un-remarried spouses of veterans and public servants killed in the line of duty.

You must apply for these exemptions in person and bring either a copy of your deed or closing settlement statement.

To find out the deadline and location for filing in your county, Click the link below;

https://etax.dor.ga.gov/ptd/county/index.aspx