It’s Homestead Exemption Time!

Happy New Year!  If you are a “new” homeowner this year, I wanted to remind you to file for your homestead exemption. A homestead exemption is a legal provision that helps reduce the amount of property taxes owed on owner-occupied homes.  Under Georgia law, you are entitled to a homestead exemption for 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 with your county and/or city government to save on your taxes.

Your recorded deed should have been sent to you by the closing attorney approximately 4-6 weeks after the closing.  Please remember to contact the Tax Commissioner’s Office or Tax Assessor’s Office after you have filed the application to confirm receipt and that the taxing authority considers the exemption properly filed and granted.

I hope you are doing well and are enjoying your new home! Thank you so much for your business, and I wish you the best of luck this year!  Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Below are a few key details about Homestead Exemptions 

Basic Requirements for Homestead Exemption:

1. Must be legal resident of the county; and

2. Must own and occupy home as of January 1 of the year the homestead exemption is sought.


Deadline for Filing Homestead Exemption:

In most counties, the application must be filed by April 1 of the year the exemption is sought, but some counties have a different deadline.


How Long will the Homestead Exemption Last?

The Homestead exemption will remain on the property until there is a change in ownership.

What is the Homestead Exemption Amount?

These amounts are a reduction in what the amount that the taxed is based on.

**Please note that if the property is located within city limits, you may need to file with the city as well. 

Barrow County Gwinnett County Hall County
Forsyth County Walton County