Save money on property taxes by filing for a Homestead Exemption with your county.

A Homestead Exemption is a tax break offered to homeowners on their primary residence. The exemption is applied toward your property tax bill for the current calendar year, which is typically sent out in August.

How to Qualify, you must:

  1. Own and reside in the home as of January 1st of the current calendar year
  2. Use the property as your primary residence

To apply, you must complete an application from your county’s website and send in the supporting documentation by April 1, 2017 to be eligible for this year.

Some of the documents your city or county may require include: proof of residence, social security number, copy of your driver’s license, Warranty Deed book and page, and car tag information.

If you fail to apply by the April 1st deadline, you will lose your exemption for this year and will have to wait to apply until next year.

If you’ve applied for this exemption in the past and it’s reflected on your property tax bill, you shouldn’t have to apply again.

Check with your county for more information.

City of Atlanta Residents
Apply with the county in which you reside.

Fulton County Residents
Click here for Fulton County’s form.

DeKalb County Residents
Click here for more information for DeKalb County.

City of Decatur Residents
Click here for City of Decatur’s form.

Please note that City of Decatur Residents must file with both the city and the county.