When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news.
Charles Anderson Dana, American journalist, 1819-1897
Your home is an important investment.
Property assessments reflect your home’s value and affect your property taxes.
If you live in a home you own, you may be able to reduce your property taxes by making sure you are taking advantage of all exemptions. This is especially important as property values continue to rise across Fulton County and the metro area.
To qualify for homestead exemptions, the property owner claiming the exemption must own, occupy, and claim the property as their legal residence on January 1 of the year in which they first qualify for the exemption.
In addition to basic homestead exemptions, there are other exemptions available for seniors. These exemptions have requirements for both age and income. Some require an age of 62 and others require that the applicant is age 65 or 70. Exemptions are available for people qualifying for full disability and other special circumstances.
Homeowners must apply for exemptions – they do not take effect automatically. Basic homestead exemptions renew each year automatically as long as you own the home. Most senior exemptions also remain in place as long as you own the home. If any changes are made to the deed, even if the occupants remain the same, you will need to re-file for homestead exemption.
To apply, you need to bring your driver’s license or Georgia ID and all vehicle registrations. If you are applying for a senior homestead exemption, you should also bring both your Georgia and your Federal tax returns.
The first stop is the Fulton County Tax Assessors’ Office to apply for exemptions with Fulton County, Atlanta and Fulton County school systems and basic city exemptions (if any). Fulton County seniors who live in the cities of Alpharetta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Milton, Palmetto, Roswell or Union City should also contact their city directly about any available senior homestead exemptions.
The 2018 homestead exemption deadline is Monday, April 2. Fulton County residents can learn more online at www.fultonassessor.org or by calling 404-612-6440 X 4.
FULTON COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS
404-612-6440 X 4
Tax Assessors Offices:
Peachtree Center, North Tower
235 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA 30303
Fulton County Government Center
141 Pryor Street, SW, Suite 1018, Atlanta, GA 30303
Fulton County Customer Service Center at Maxwell Road
11575 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022
North Fulton Service Center
7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 261, Atlanta, GA 30350
South Fulton Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Suite 224, College Park, GA 30349
Fulton County wants to help you better understand the property assessment process and your rights and responsibilities:
Read and/or download the 2 page flyer Understanding Your Fulton County Property Assessment
Read and/or download the 16 page Fulton County Guide to Homestead Exemptions