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Reminder: File for Homestead Exemption


If You Closed on Your Primary Home in Georgia in 2021, the Deadline to file is Friday, April 1, 2022

A Homestead Exemption is a reduction in homeowner’s property taxes. The amount of the exemption for each homestead exemption is deducted from the assessed value of the property. This is a one-time filing. To qualify, you must apply for this exemption no later than April 1, 2022. Once granted, this exemption is automatically renewed each year you continually occupy the home under the same ownership.


How Do You File a Homestead Exemption?

Determine if You’re Eligible
To be eligible for a homestead exemption:

  • You must have owned the property as of January 1.
  • The home must be considered your legal residence for all purposes.
  • You must occupy the home.
  • You cannot already claim a homestead exemption for another property in Georgia or in any other state.

Gather What You’ll Need
Required documents vary by county or city. If you are applying for a special exemption, additional documentation to show proof of eligibility will be required. They can include:

  • Homeowner’s name
  • Property address
  • Property’s parcel ID
  • Proof of residency, such as a copy of a valid Georgia driver’s license and a copy of vehicle registration
  • Recorded deed for new owners, if county records have not been updated
  • Trust document and affidavit, if the property is in a trust

File Your Homestead Exemption
You must file your homestead exemption application with your county tax officials. Contact your county tax officials for how to file your homestead exemption application.

Next Steps
Once approved, most homestead exemptions are automatically renewed each year as long as you continually occupy the home under the same ownership.

You must file with the county or city in which you live. Each county has its own set of applications and paperwork. Click on your county for more information.

Fannin County, GA
Gilmer County, GA
Habersham County, GA
Pickens County, GA
Stephens County, GA
Towns County, GA
Union County, GA
White County, GA

If you need general information about Georgia’s Homestead Exemption, go to the official website for the state of Georgia. Time is of the essence, so file your application soon!

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