Authored By: GeorgiaLegalAid.org
Homestead Exemption Deadline is April 2
DO YOU LIVE IN A
HOME YOU OWN IN
You may be able to
Reduce your City, County
& School property taxes
with a homestead exemption.
The deadline to file for a Homestead Exemption is
Monday April 2nd
Fulton County Tax Assessors Office Locations
Peachtree Center North Tower
235 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA 30303
Fulton County Government Center
141 Pryor Street, SW, Suite 1018, Atlanta, GA 30303
Fulton County Customer Service Center at Maxwell Road
11575 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022
North Fulton Service Center
7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30350
South Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Suite 224, College Park, GA 30349
If you are low-income and want help from a lawyer with homestead exemptions, call the Home Defense Program intake line at (770) 648-4290. If you are over 60 years old, you can call the Georgia Senior Legal Helpline as well at 404-657-9915.
If you live in a home you own, you may be able to reduce your property taxes by making sure you are taking advantage of all exemptions. This is especially important as property values continue to rise across Fulton County and the metro area.
To qualify for homestead exemptions, the property owner claiming the exemption must own, occupy, and claim the property as their legal residence on January 1 of the year in which they first qualify for the exemption.
In addition to basic homestead exemptions, there are other exemptions available for seniors. These exemptions have requirements for both age and income. Some require an age of 62 and others require that the applicant is age 65 or 70. Exemptions are available for people qualifying for full disability and other special circumstances.
Homeowners must apply for exemptions – they do not take effect automatically. Basic homestead exemptions renew each year automatically as long as you own the home. Most senior exemptions also remain in place as long as you own the home. If any changes are made to the deed, even if the occupants remain the same, you will need to re-file for homestead exemption.
To apply, you need to bring your driver’s license or Georgia ID and all vehicle registrations. If you are applying for a senior homestead exemption, you should also bring both your Georgia and your Federal tax returns.
The first stop is the Fulton County Tax Assessors’ Office to apply for exemptions with Fulton County, Atlanta and Fulton County school systems and basic city exemptions (if any). Fulton County seniors who live in the cities of Alpharetta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Milton, Palmetto, Roswell or Union City should also contact their city directly about any available senior homestead exemptions.
The 2018 homestead exemption deadline is Monday, April 2. Fulton County residents can learn more online at www.fultonassessor.org or by calling 404-612-6440 X 4.
FULTON COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS
404-612-6440 X 4