Under Georgia state law, homeowners who purchased a home between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, and were occupying the house as their primary residence as of January 1, 2018, can file for a Homestead Exemption which will reduce your tax liability. However, this is not automatic – you must file for the exemption to receive the tax break!
You can quickly and easily find the Homestead Exemption Application form online for most Georgia counties below. Alternatively, your County Tax Commissioner’s office can furnish the forms for the application and answer any questions that you may 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 application form to confirm receipt and to verify that the taxing authority considers the exemption properly filed.
NOTE: You will need to file for your Homestead Exemption by April 1, 2017* in order to receive the exemption 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).
*Please confirm with your county’s Tax Commissioner’s office, as this date may vary statewide
Gwinnett County – http://gwinnetttaxcommissioner.publicaccessnow.com/PropertyTax.aspx
Fulton County – http://www.qpublic.net/ga/fulton/basic_homestead.html
Cobb County – http://www.cobbtax.org/property/exemptioninformation
Cherokee County – http://www.cherokeega.com/Tax-Assessors-Office/homestead-exemptions/
Forsyth County – http://www.qpublic.net/ga/forsyth/homestead.html
Douglas County – http://www.douglastaxcommissioner.net/Exemptions_31XR.html
Fayette County – http://www.fayettecountytaxcomm.com/subpages/Homestead.asp
Paulding County – http://www.paulding.gov/index.aspx?NID=210