It’s Time To File For Your Homestead Exemption…But What Is It?

As a Georgia homeowner, a homestead exemption gives you tax breaks on what you pay for in property taxes.

One of the many benefits of being a Georgia homeowner is your homestead exemption.

Homestead exemption is a tax break that exempts some of the value of a homeowner’s property. If you purchased your home in 2018, you’re now eligible for homestead exemption. Keep in mind that there are several different kinds of homestead exemptions based on:

  • Ownership
  • Occupancy
  • Age
  • Income
  • Disability
  • Military service
  • Marital status (surviving spouse)

Check your county website to verify. Also, if you’ve applied for homestead exemption previously and your age, income, etc. has changed, you might be eligible for a different exemption.

Homestead applications filed after April 1st will not not be granted until the next calendar year.

What does a homestead exemption do?

It lowers the taxable value of your home.

What kind of savings are we talking about?

It depends upon the type of exemption, but in one example if your home is valued at $200,000, then the assessed value is $100,000, or 50% of the appraised value; with a $20,000 homestead exemption, you only pay taxes on $80,000. For more in-depth facts on this exemption, visit

Up until recently, you had to apply in person for this benefit. Now, many counties allow you to apply online.

Information for every county in the State of Georgia can be found at Below you’ll find contact info, links and deadlines for counties in our area.







April 1


Basic Exemption can be filed online.
See exceptions – Exemptions for City of
Decatur applied for with the City of Decatur.
FULTON 404-224-0102 April 1
Basic Exemption can be filed online.
COBB 770-528-8600 April 1
File by mail or in person- Several locations
listed on application inst.
GWINNETT 770-822-8800 April 1
Basic Exemption can be filed online.
CHEROKEE 678-493-6120 April 1
Must file in person – Tax Assessor’s Office
2782 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114
CLAYTON 770-477-3311 April 1
Must file in person – Tax Assessor’s Office
121 S McDonough St, Jonesboro, GA 30236
DOUGLAS 770-920-7272 April 1
Some can be filed online; others must file
in person – Tax Assessor’s Office
8700 Hospital Dr, Douglasville, GA 30133
FAYETTE 770-461-3652 April 1
Must file inperson-Tax Commissioner’s Office
140 Stonewall Ave W, Fayetteville, GA 30214
FORSYTH 770-781-2106 April 1
Get Application; file in person or mail to
Tax Assessor’s Office – 110 E Main
St, Suite 260, Cumming, GA 30040
PAULDING 770-443-7606 April 1
Must file in person- Tax Assessor’s Office
2400 Constitution Blvd, Rm 3082
Dallas, GA 30122


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