Happy New Year! As the new year begins, it reminds me that the upcoming tax season is approaching which always has me thinking about ways to save on taxes. One way to save on property taxes is to file for a homestead exemption. If you bought a home last year (2014), you need to apply for a homestead exemption. Why? Bottom line…to save on your 2015 property taxes! The timeline to apply for an Atlanta homestead exemption is from January 1st – April 1st. So mark your calendars now…April 1st is your deadline. You only have to apply for a homestead exemption one time and then it will roll each subsequent year (unless there is a change in ownership, name, or spelling correction on the deed, or if you seek to qualify for a different type of exemption).
To be eligible for an Atlanta homestead exemption, you need to meet these requirements:
Must be a legal resident in the county which you are claiming your homestead exemption in.
Must own and occupy your home as of January 1st. (So if you bought a home by Dec 31, 2014…that includes you!)
You cannot claim a homestead exemption on multiple properties, rental property, or vacant land.
There are also other special exemptions for residents over 62 years of age, disabled veterans, and other disabled persons. Check your local county’s homestead exemption website page for more details.
Below is a list of links to the counties’ homestead exemption application page.