DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson is reminding DeKalb taxpayers who owned and resided in their property on Jan. 1, 2017 to qualify for a basic homestead exemption. The homestead exemption, which provides a significant tax savings to homeowners, must be applied for in person, by mail or via the Internet because exemptions are not automatically granted. Neither mortgage nor any other companies can file applications for property owners. By law, exemptions are not available for rental or commercial property and there is never a fee to file.
In addition to the basic homestead exemption, there are special exemptions for citizens 62 years of age and older. Eligibility is determined only by application based on age and total household income. Special exemptions are also available for citizens that are 100% totally and permanently disabled. Applicants for senior or disability exemptions must visit one of the Tax Commissioner’s office locations in person so that specific circumstances and required documentation (2016 state and federal income tax returns, proof of age and proof of disability status), are reviewed for eligibility.
Residents are reminded that applications must be received by April 3 in order for the exemption to be granted on 2017 annual property taxes. Although applications are accepted year round, any approved application received after the April 3rd deadline will be granted for the 2018 tax year.
Residents who have questions are encouraged to visit the website at: www.dekalbcountyga.gov/taxcommissioner or call the Tax Commissioner’s office at 404-298-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
If your community or civic organization would like to schedule a representative from the Tax Commissioner’s office to speak at an event regarding exemption options, contact your local tax commissioner office.
Tax Commissioner Office Locations:
Central: 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 100, Decatur 30032 – across from the DeKalb County Jail
North: 1358 Dresden Drive, NE, Atlanta 30319 – 2 blocks east of Brookhaven Marta Station
South: 2801 Candler Road, Suite 66, Decatur 30034 – The Gallery @ South DeKalb Mall near Macy’s