Homestead Exemptions – All You Need to Know and Where to Go
A homestead exemption reduces the amount of property taxes homeowners owe on their legal residence and can offer an additional tax break on what you pay in property taxes.
You must file with the county or city where your home is located. Each county has different
applications and required documents. Various types of homestead exemptions are available, including those based on assessed home value and homeowner age.
Am I Eligible to File?
To be eligible for a homestead exemption you must be the following criteria:
- You must have owned the property as of January 1.
- The home must be considered your legal residence for all purposes.
- You must occupy the home.
NOTE: You cannot already claim a homestead exemption for another property in
Georgia or in any other state.
Is There a Deadline to File?
Yes! Homestead exemption applications are due by April 1 for the current tax year.
What Information and Documents Will I Need in Order to File?
Since the documents required vary by county or city, you need to check your city or county for the specifics. In the case for a special exemption, you will need additional documentation.
Examples of Types of Documentation Include the Following:
- Homeowner’s name
- Property address
- Property’s parcel ID
- Proof of residency, such as a copy of valid Georgia driver’s license and a copy of vehicle registration
- Recorded deed for new owners if county records have not been updated
- Trust document and affidavit, if the property is in a trust
Where Do I File My Homestead Exemption?
Again, homestead exemption applications must be filed with your city or county tax officials
and required documents vary, so check for the proper form and the specific documentation.
Do I Have to Keep Filing Each Year?
Once you are approved, most homestead exemptions are automatically renewed each
year provided that you continually occupy the home under the same ownership.