Basic Requirements for Homestead Exemption:
- Must be legal resident of the county; and
- Must own and occupy home as of January 1 of the year the homestead exemption is sought.
Deadline for Filing Homestead Exemption:
In most counties, the application must be filed by April 1 of the year the exemption is sought, but some counties have a later deadline.
How Long will the Homestead Exemption Last?
The Homestead exemption will remain on the property until there is a change in ownership.
What is the Homestead Exemption Amount?
These amounts are a reduction in what the amount that the taxed is based on.
As of January, 2017:
Cobb County: $10,000
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DeKalb County: $12,500 for school taxes and $10,000 for county taxes
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Fulton County: $30,000.00 for Atlanta/Fulton
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Gwinnett County: $10,000 for the County taxes, $4,000 off of the school, and $7,000 off recreation
Learn More About Gwinnett County Homestead Exemptions
How does this affect my bill?
Example 2016 Cobb County Property Tax amount:
|Taxable Value (40% of Market Value)||$40,000|
|Less Exemptions (assuming $10,000)||$10,000|
|Multiply by Millage Rate||0.02875|
Without a Homestead Exemption, the county property taxes would be $1,725.00. In many property tax bills, there are also city taxes, school taxes, recreation taxes and other taxes which would amplify the savings that would be made by applying for the homestead exemption.