You may be eligible for a homestead exemption. In order to qualify for a homestead exemption, the applicant's name must appear on the deed to the property and they must own, occupy and claim the property as their legal residence on January 1 to be eligible for any exemption for that tax year. The applicant may claim exemptions on only one property; this includes other Georgia counties and other states.
Exemption applications are accepted year round; however applications must be received before April 1st of the year in which the exemption is to be applied. You must provide legal evidence of residency and United States citizenship, such as a Georgia driver's license or Georgia ID card. Exemptions are not automatic and each exemption must be applied for individually.
Homeowners over the age of 65 may qualify for school tax exemption. There are specialized exemptions for homeowners with a total and permanent disability, veterans with 100% service connected disability, unremarried surviving spouse of a disabled veteran, and the unremarried surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty. Additional documentation is required to apply for these exemptions.
The applicant must reapply for any exemptions if a name changes or change of ownership occurs due to marriage, death or divorce; a copy of a recorded deed, marriage certificate or divorce decree must be provided.
You must notify the Tax Assessors office in the event you no longer qualify for an exemption.
Homeowners can apply for a homestead exemption at the Tax Assessors Office, located at 240 Constitution Blvd, in the Watson Government Complex on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building in Dallas, GA 30132.