Homestead Exemption

What is the Homestead Exemption?

A homestead exemption could be called property tax relief; in the way that it allows a home owner to deduct a set amount from the assessed value of their legal primary residence, from their total property tax value. To be eligible a person, a non-person entity is not eligible, the home must be owned by the person wanting to file for the homestead and it has to be their legal residence (actually occupying the residence) as of January 1st of that year.

Example: Mr. Smith buys his house, in Cobb County, on August 12th, 2013. He can file for homestead exemption at any time before April 1st for the 2014 tax year. He cannot apply the homestead exemption to his 2013 taxes because he didn’t own the property on January 1, 2013.

A home owner only has to file for a Homestead Exemption once and they do not have to file for the exemption again for the length of ownership.

How, and where, do I file for my Homestead Exemption?

The application for homestead exemption must be filed at the tax commissioner’s office, or tax assessor’s office depending on the county, by April 1st of the taxable year, to be applied for that year. (Some counties have earlier deadlines)(An application can be filed year round, but will not apply until the following year) Depending on when you are filing, you may have to bring a copy of your Warranty Deed that you received at closing with you, a copy of the Settlement Statement (HUD-1) to show ownership of the property, your identification, and in some counties you may have to provide your social security number.

How much is the Homestead Exemption?

In Georgia the amount of deduction from the state can be found here on the Georgia Department of Revenues’ website. In general, the amount of the tax relief was between $200 and $300.

The homestead exemption only applies to primary residences, which means you can't claim it for a rental property or vacation home. If you own a home that your adult children or other relatives live in, they can only claim a homestead exemption if they have an ownership interest in the property. If your living situation changes and the home is no longer your primary residence, you might be required to notify the county tax assessor's office of the change. In some states, failure to do so is considered fraud and can result in a criminal charge.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a courtesy only


For information regarding available exemptions, contact the county you live in.

The following is a list of the metro area counties contact information for filing the homestead exemption:



Office of the Tax Commissioner

135 W. Cherokee Avenue Suite 217A

Cartersville, Georgia 30120


(770) 479-0433

Office of the Tax Commissioner

100 North Street, Suite G20

Canton, Georgia 30114


(770) 477-3311

Courthouse Annex Three Building, 2nd floor

121 South McDonough Street

Jonesboro, Georgia 30236


(770) 254-2670

Coweta County Tax Commissioner

County Administration Building

22 East Broad Street

Newnan, Georgia 30263


(770) 528-8600

Office of the Tax Commissioner

100 Cherokee Street

Marietta, Georgia 30090


(706) 344-3590

Office of the Tax Assessors

2572 Tucker Ave, Suite 104

Dawsonville, Georgia 30534


(404) 298-4000

Office of the Tax Commissioner

4380 Memorial Drive

Decatur, Georgia 30032


(770) 920-7272

Office of the Tax Commissioner

Douglas County Courthouse

8700 Hospital Drive

Douglasville, Georgia 30134


(770) 781-2110

Office of the Tax Commissioners

Forsyth Administration Building

110 E. Main Street Suite 130

Cumming, Georgia 30040


(404) 224-0102

Office of the Tax Assessor

141 Pryor Street Suite 1047 B

Atlanta, Georgia 30303



Office of the Tax Commissioner

75 Langley Drive, 1st Floor

Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045


(770) 531-6720

Office of the Tax Assessor

HCGC-2875 Browns Brdg. Rd.

Gainesville, GA 30504



Office of the Tax Commissioner

140 Henry Parkway, P.O. Box 488

McDonough, Georgia 30253


(770) 443-7581

Office of the Tax Commissioner

Paulding county Annex Building

25 Courthouse Square #203

Dallas, Georgia 30132


(770) 267-1352

Office of the Tax Assessor

215A East Church Street

Monroe, Georgia 30656