It’s almost tax time! Did you buy a house last year?
Don’t forget to file your homestead exemption. A homestead exemption is a reduction in homeowner’s property taxes. To qualify, the homeowner must apply for this exemption on or before April 1st.
Once granted, the homestead exemption is automatically renewed each year as long as you continually reside in the home under the same ownership. The home must be your legal residence for all purposes including the registration of your vehicles and the filing of your income tax. You cannot file for homestead exemption on rental property, vacant land or on more than one property. In addition to basic homestead exemption, there are additional exemptions for residents age 62 and older and/or disabled and disabled veterans. However, you must apply for these exemptions in person.
To see what exemptions you qualify for, visit the tax assessor’s office website for your county. Homeowners may need to provide their Warranty Deed book and page, proof of residence, social security numbers, driver’s license and car tag information. Check with your county’s page for specific requirements. We’ve included links for the major metro Atlanta counties for your convenience below.
If you have any questions in regards to filing your homestead exemption, don’t hesitate to give The Mortgage Guys a call. We’re happy to help!
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Here’s the list of county links and the county office telephone number:
Fulton County – (404) 612-6440
DeKalb County – (404) 298-4000
Gwinnett County – (770) 822-8800
Cobb County – (770) 528-8600
Clayton County – (770) 477-3311
Cherokee County – (678) 493-6122
Henry County – (770) 288-8180
Forsyth County – (770) 781-2106
Douglas County – (770) 920-7272
Fayette County – (770) 461-3652
Paulding County – (770 )443-7606