If you own your primary residence, then you’re eligible to take advantage of the Homestead Exemption. You only need to file for this exemption one time, so if you purchased your home last year, now is the time to file. Deadlines are fast approaching (April 1), so put this one at the top of your “to-do” list and make it happen.
We’re talking about a golden opportunity to legally reduce your property tax liability. It only takes a couple of minutes, but it’s something that you absolutely want to take care of.
How Do I Know If I Qualify?
To be granted a homestead exemption a person has to actually occupy their home, and the home must be considered to be their legal residence for all purposes. In short, if you own the home that you live in, you qualify. If it’s an investment property or a part-time place at the beach, you don’t. Note that you're only eligible for Homestead Exemption on one property, so don't think about trying to double dip here. It's soley residential, so forget about it for your commercial and industrial properties. And lastly, if you own in your home in some sort of corporate structure- like an LLC- you're out of luck here. Individuals only.
When Do I Need To Apply By
April 1. No exceptions. Doesn't matter how you ask. If you're late, you're late.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
About life? I have no idea. About Homestead, a couple of things. For starters, married couples can only claim one exemption, even if they own their property separately. Also, by no means is Homestead the only exemption available. Depending on where you live, you'll want to double check on exemptions based on age, disability or other qualifying factors offered by your county.
What Do I Need To Apply?
- Georgia Driver’s License or valid GA identification
- Social Security Number (Owner and Spouse)
- Registration for all vehicles owned
- Recorded Deed for new owners