If you closed on your primary residence in 2020, the deadline to file for Homestead Exemption is April 1, 2021.
PROPERTY TAX BREAK!
WHAT IS A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION?
A homestead exemption is a legal provision that helps reduce the amount of property taxes you pay on your home and saves you money. Under Georgia law, you are entitled to a homestead exemption for the property that you own and occupy as your primary residence as of January 1. The exemption is not automatic, however, and you have to properly file for the exemption to save on your taxes.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
You will need to file the homestead exemption application and submit all required information and documentation by April 1 in order to be granted the homestead exemption for this year. Once you have properly filed for the homestead exemption and it has been granted, the exemption will remain on your property until there is a change in ownership (i.e., you do NOT need to refile for the exemption every year). In order to complete the application, you may need the following information and documentation:
Georgia Driver’s License or valid GA identification;
Social Security Number (Owner and Spouse)
Registration for all vehicles owned
Recorded deed for the new owner
Trust document and affidavit if the property is in a trust
Proof of income, previous year’s tax returns, and copy of Social Security Award Letter (for Senior and other Special Exemptions)
You can find instructions on how to file for the exemption for your county below: