Homeowners may need to provide their Warranty Deed book and page, proof of residence, social security numbers, driver’s license and car tag info. In most counties, to be eligible for the current year, you must have owned and occupied the property as of January 1st.  If the property is located within city limits, the homeowner may be required to file with the city as well. 

Gwinnett County – deadline is April 1, 2019            770-822-8800 http://gwinnetttaxcommissioner.manatron.com/Tabs/Property/HomesteadExemption.aspx

Fulton County – deadline is April 1, 2019                 404-612-6440

DeKalb County – deadline is April 1, 2019               404-298-4000   http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/taxcommissioner/homesteadgen.html#applications

Cobb County – deadline is April 1, 2019                  770-528-8600

Clayton County - deadline is April 1, 2019               770-477-3311

Cherokee County – deadline is April 1, 2019            678-493-6120 http://www.cherokeega.com/departments/department.cfm?displaySection=Homestead%20Exemptions.txt&departmentid=30

Henry County – deadline is April 1, 2019                 770-288-8180                  http://www.co.henry.ga.us/taxcommissioner/PropertyTaxExemptions.shtml

Forsyth County – deadline is April 1, 2019               770-781-2106

Douglas County – deadline is April 1, 2019              770-920-7272

Fayette County – deadline is April 1, 2019               770-461-3652 http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/tax_commissioner/index.htm

Paulding County – deadline is April 1, 2019            770-443-7606

Homestead Exemption

Generally, a homeowner is entitled to a homestead exemption on their home and land underneath provided the home was owned by the homeowner and was their legal residence as of January 1 of the taxable year. (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-40)

Application for Homestead Exemption

To be granted a homestead exemption, a person must actually occupy the home, and the home is 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. (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-40)

Failure to apply by the deadline will result in loss of the exemption for that year.  (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-45)

Exemptions Offered by the State and Counties:  The State of Georgia offers homestead exemptions to all qualifying homeowners.  In some counties they have increased the amounts of their homestead exemptions by local legislation above the amounts offered by the State.  As a general rule the exemptions offered by the county are more beneficial to the homeowner.   https://etax.dor.ga.gov/ptd/adm/taxguide/exempt/homestead.aspx 

Van Purser and his wife Jeanne are a licensed Real Estate Brokers in Georgia.  Since1984 they successfully purchased and renovated over 400 homes.  Their expertise is in representing Buyers or Sellers as an advocate; which means always ensuring their best interest.  Additionally, they represented hundreds of clients over the years as an Associate Broker with Metro Brokers, RE/Max and now with his own firm.  He and his wife, Jeanne, have been married since 1977.   Van or Jeanne can be reached at 770-623-3313, or by email at vanpurser@vanpurser.com or jeanne@vanpurser.com