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Homeowners and renters are missing out on millions of dollars in tax relief.  Use the resources below to learn more.

Georgia Program Overview

Property Tax-Aide features three property tax relief programs in Georgia: Homestead Exemption for 65+, Disabled Veteran/Surviving Spouse Exemption, and the Standard Homestead Exemption. Some counties have increased the amounts of their homestead exemptions by local legislation above the amounts offered by the State. Generally, the exemptions offered by the county are more beneficial to the homeowner.

Homestead Exemption for 65+

Eligible taxpayers 65 years of age or over receive an exemption of $4,000 from all state and county property taxes. Through local option, counties may increase the amount of the exemption. For example, Fulton County provides a $50,000 homestead exemption for residents over the age of 65 with no income requirement.

Eligibility

  • Eligible applicants must be at least 65 years old
  • They must also occupy their property as a primary residence
  • Income of the owner and their spouse must not exceed $10,000 for the prior year. The income requirement excludes income from retirement sources, pensions, and disability payments up to the maximum amount allowed to be paid to an individual and spouse under Social Security. This amount is $87,848 for 2023. Local taxing jurisdictions may establish additional eligibility criteria based on age or income.

Application Deadline

Applications can be filed year-round but must be submitted on or before April 1st in order to apply for the current tax year.

Required Documentation

  • State and Federal Tax Returns
  • Social Security Award Letter if you do not file income tax

Contact Details

For information about exemptions offered by each county, applicants should refer to Georgia’s directory of local tax officials.

Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse

Georgia offers a homestead property tax exemption for eligible disabled Veterans, their surviving spouse or minor children. The amount for 2023 is $109,986. The value of the property that is more than of this exemption remains taxable. At local option, local taxing jurisdictions may increase the amount of the exemption.

Eligibility

  • Georgia resident
  • Received an honorable discharge
  • Has a service-connected, 100% permanent and total disability rating from the VA, or
  • Entitled to compensation from the VA at the 100% rate due to unemployability, or
  • Entitled to compensation from VA for: loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet, loss or permanent loss of use of one or both hands, loss of sight in one or both eyes, permanent impairment of vision of both eyes
  • The unremarried surviving spouse or minor children of any qualifying veteran shall be entitled to the same exemption on the homestead, as long as such spouse or minor children continue to occupy the home as a homestead.

Application Deadline

Applicants must file the application for homestead exemption between 1 January and 1 April in order to qualify for a benefit that year.

Required Documentation

  • Requires a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating applicant has a 100 percent service-connected disability.

Contact Details

For information about exemptions offered by the county, applicants should refer to Georgia’s directory of local tax officials.

Standard Homestead Exemption

Eligible taxpayers receive an exemption of $2,000 from the 40% assessed value of their primary residence. The exemption applies to state, county, and school taxes.

Eligibility

  • All homeowners are eligible for the exemption, as long as they occupy the property as their primary residence.

Application Deadline

Applicants must file the application for homestead exemption between 1 January and 1 April in order to qualify for a benefit that year.

Required Documentation

Each county may have different documentation requirements. In general, be prepared to provide:
  • A valid Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia Identification Card
  • Social Security Number
  • Registration for vehicles owned by and registered in the name of the owner and spouse

Contact Details

For information about exemptions offered by the county, applicants should refer to Georgia’s directory of local tax officials.

Your Resources

Your state accepts digital and mailed applications

GA Directory of Local Tax Officials

Property Tax-Aide has independently selected the property tax relief programs featured on this website that we think are the most relevant and beneficial to older adults. It is not an exhaustive list of all property tax relief programs available in each state. Please consult your local tax agency for a comprehensive listing of property tax relief programs in your area.

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