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Homestead Exemption deadlines loom for 2017 closings

Jan 20, 2018 General
If you purchased a home in 2017, you may be eligible for a Homestead Exemption. This valuable exemption reduces the taxable value of your home, provided the following:

– The home is occupied by the homeowner on January 1, and

– The homeowner applies for the homestead exemption in the county in which the property is located.

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 return.

For most counties in Georgia, the deadline to file for a homestead exemption is April 1. Failure to file on time for the Homestead Exemption will disqualify you for the exemption for this tax year. Application is not automatic, nor does a mortgage company or closing attorney complete the application for you when the home is purchased. Once granted, the exemption is automatically renewed each year you continually occupy the home under the same ownership.

In many counties, the tax assessor’s office is the designated office to receive homestead exemption applications. Please note that in order to file, you may need to provide the following: warranty deed book and page, proof of residence, social security number, driver’s license with correct home address and/or car tag information.

We’ve put together a list of the top counties in which our customers purchased homes in 2017 and included links to each counties’ homestead exemption application page and the address to each Tax Commissioner or Tax Assessors office. Simply click your county below for more information or to complete your application, where applicable.

Editor’s Note: As always, it’s important to remember that each individual’s financial situation is different. Please consult with a tax advisor to determine how a homestead exemption will impact you specifically.

Athens-Clarke Co.
By Mail:
Tax Commissioner
P.O. Box 1768
Athens GA 30601
In Person:
325 E Washington St.
Suite 250
Athens, GA 30601

Bryan Co.
Tax Commissioner’s Office
11 North Courthouse Street
Pembroke, Georgia 31321
66 Captain Mathew Freeman Drive, Suite 102
Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324

Chatham Co.
222 West Oglethorpe Ave., Suite 113
Savannah, GA  31401

Cherokee Co.
Cherokee County Tax Assessor’s Office
2782 Marietta Hwy,
Canton, GA 30114

Cobb Co.
Cobb County Property Tax Division
736 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

DeKalb Co.
By Mail:
P.O. Box 100004
Decatur, GA 30031-7004
In Person:
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 100
Decatur, GA 30032

Effingham Co.
901 N. Pine Street, Suite 110
Springfield , GA 31329

Fayette Co.
140 Stonewall Ave. W
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Forsyth Co.
Forsyth County Tax Assessors
110 E. Main Street, Suite 260
Cumming, GA 30040

Fulton Co.
Fulton County Board of Assessors
235 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30303

Greene Co.
Greene County Board of Assessors
1034 Silver Drive, Suite 102
Greensboro, GA 30642

Gwinnett Co.
By Mail:
P.O. Box 372
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
In Person:
75 Langley Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Hall Co.
Hall County Tax Assessors
2875 Browns Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30504

Oconee Co.
Oconee County Tax Assessor
23 N. Main Street
Watkinsville, GA 30677

Paulding Co.
Tax Assessor’s Office
240 Constitution Blvd.
Dallas, GA 30132

Don’t see your county listed here? Contact your local tax commissioner or your local board of assessors for application procedures and deadlines specific to your county.

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