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 1st. The exemption is granted by properly filing the application and submitting all required information and documentation to your county's tax commissioner by April 1 of the taxable year.
*If the property is located within city limits, the homeowner may be required to file with the city as well. (Ex. City of Decatur residents must file with both Dekalb County and the city.)
For additional information and application requirements, please click on the blue buttons below to be directed to the Tax Commissioner website for your county:
Once you have properly filed for the homestead exemption and it has been granted, the exemption will remain on your property until there is a change in ownership (i.e., you do NOT need to refile for the exemption every year).
In order to complete the application, you will need the following information and documentation:
- Georgia Driver’s License or valid GA identification
- Social Security Number (Owner and Spouse)
- Registration for all vehicles owned
- Recorded deed for new owners
- Trust document and affidavit if the property is in a trust
- Proof of income, previous year’s tax returns, and copy of Social Security Award Letter (for Senior and other Special Exemptions)
Your recorded deed should have been sent to you by the closing attorney approximately 4-6 weeks after the closing. If you are not able to locate it, or never received it, please reach out to us.
Also, remember to contact the Tax Commissioner’s (or Assessor's) Office after you have applied to confirm receipt and that the taxing authority considers the exemption properly filed and granted.