Georgia homeowners have the ability to claim a homestead exemption on the primary residence they occupy. The level of exemption a homeowner may qualify for varies from county to county. My primary area of real estate expertise spans Hall, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties, so I am focusing here on those locations to provide you accurate information on what you can do to save money on your property taxes.

Forsyth County Property Tax Exemptions

Application Deadline is APRIL 1st

REGULAR - $8,000 HOMESTEAD

The regular homestead exemption reduces the gross assessment which is applied to certain portions of the mileage rate by $8,000. The regular homestead grants an $8,000 reduction to your assessed value against the County M & O and the Fire portion of the millage rate. This is a special local exemption. The school and state portion of the millage rate will be reduced by $2,000 per the state allowed homestead exemption.

TOTAL SCHOOL TAX HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

Homeowners who are 65 years of age on or before January 1 are entitled to a full exemption in the school general and school bond tax categories. You must furnish proof of age when you apply.  This is a homestead exemption and only applies to the home you live in, and you must be receiving or applying for regular homestead exemption to qualify.
There are other exemptions available that you as a property owner may qualify for. Be sure to visit the Forsyth County website at https://www.forsythco.com/Departments-Offices/Board-of-Assessors/Homestead-Exemption for more details. You can apply in person for your exemptions at
FORSYTH COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS
110 E. MAIN STREET, SUITE 260
CUMMING, GA 30040
OFFICE HOURS
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MONDAY - FRIDAY
(770) 781-2106
Download the form before you go!

Gwinnett County Property Tax Exemptions

Application Deadline is APRIL 1st

Exemptions: The Basics

  • You must own and occupy the property as your primary residence as of January 1 of the application year; otherwise, the application, if approved, will be for the following year.
  • You can have a homestead exemption on only one property.
  • Married couples by law can have only one homestead exemption between them.
  • All vehicles owned by the applicant and spouse must be registered with a Gwinnett County address.
  • Once approved, the exemption automatically renews unless circumstances change and you become ineligible. Only apply again if there is a change in ownership, name, deed, or to qualify for a different exemption. Refinancing does not affect your exemption.

Click here for a list of Gwinnett County exemptions and their requirements.

Senior Exemption for Individuals 65+

If you are 65 years old as of Jan. 1, 2020, and your 2019 GA return line 15C is less than $97,264, you are likely eligible for the Senior School Tax Exemption (L5A).
Apply online or contact Gwinnett County at tax@gwinnettcounty.com or
770-822-8800 for assistance.

 

 

Owner-Occupied Homes

If you own and live in your home, you are likely eligible for the Regular Homestead Exemption.
Apply online or contact us at tax@gwinnettcounty.com or
770-822-8800 for assistance.

 

 

Fulton County Property Tax Exemptions

Application Deadline is APRIL 1st

Fulton County's exemptions are complex and vary from city to city. I recommend you download the online guide to exemptions for the most accurate information. You should be aware that there is a new exemption available throughout Fulton County in 2019 for seniors regardless of income.

NEW SENIOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR 2019

A new homestead exemption was introduced for 2019 that provides a new benefit for property owners age 65+, regardless of income. This increases the basic homestead exemption from $30,000 to $50,000 for the Fulton County portion of property taxes. This exemption will be automatically applied to any property owners who already have a 65+ senior homestead exemption in place.

 

Hall County Property Tax Exemptions

Application Deadline is APRIL 1st

Hall county offers many different exemptions including

  • Regular Homestead Exemption
  • Disabled Veterans Exemption
  • Partial School Tax Exemption
  • Senior Citizens Exemption
  • Total School Tax Exemption
  • Disabled Persons Exemption
  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse Exemption

I recommend you download the Hall County guide to understand which exemptions you may qualify to receive. Contact Hall County at 770.531.6720 for more information.

You may apply online for the Regular Homestead Exemption. For other exemptions you must visit the Hall County Tax Assessor's Office at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA.

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