Homestead Tax Exemption

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If you own your primary residence, then you’re eligible to take advantage of the Homestead Exemption.  You only need to file for this exemption one time, so if you purchased your home last year, now is the time to file.  Deadlines are fast approaching (April 1), so put this one at the top of your “to-do” list and make it happen.

We’re talking about a golden opportunity to legally reduce your property tax liability.  It only takes a couple of minutes, but it’s something that you absolutely want to take care of.

How Do I Know If I Qualify?

To be granted a homestead exemption a person has to actually occupy their home, and the home must be considered to be their legal residence for all purposes.  In short, if you own the home that you live in, you qualify.  If it’s an investment property or a part-time place at the beach, you don’t.

When Do I Need To Apply By

April 1.  No exceptions.

What Do I Need To Apply?

  1. Georgia Driver’s License or valid GA identification
  2. Social Security Number (Owner and Spouse)
  3. Registration for all vehicles owned
  4. Recorded Deed for new owners

How Do I Apply?

Cobb County

Dekalb County

Fulton County

Gwinnett County


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Jon Effron is widely regarded as one of the leading Realtors in Atlanta, working with both buyers and sellers throughout the metro area to maximize their real estate investments. In 2014, Jon was the #1 individual agent at Keller Williams Intown, one of the largest brokerages in Intown Atlanta. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Jon was the Vice President of Development at Tujay Group, an Atlanta real estate development firm. His career pre-real estate included stints at, eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and Elite Traveler magazine, where he served as the Vice President of Marketing.