DECATUR, GA– DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson announces extended hours at the property tax office located on Memorial Drive in Decatur, Sept. 27 – 30 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Customers paying their property tax bills at the central office location will temporarily use the Extension Services entrance located at the front of the building now through Thursday, Sept. 30.
“Our central office staff is now temporarily re-routing taxpayer traffic to the front of the building at the Extension Service entrance,” said Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson. “This temporary change will allow taxpayers to enter safely, remain out of bad weather and speed up the payment process. Customers with a disability parking placard may still check-in at the Property Tax side entrance from Northern Avenue.”
Payments can also be made online at DeKalbTax.org, or by drop box, mail or by phone (new this year). Tax bills were sent mid-August by mail and by email to property owners who signed up for paperless billing. City of Atlanta/DeKalb were mailed beginning Sept. 15 and are due Nov. 15.
What taxpayers should know before visiting the central office location to pay their bill:
- First installment is due Sept. 30. If paying the full amount in one payment, it must be paid in full by Sept. 30. The second installment is due Nov. 15.
- Remember to bring your tax bill stub and a valid Georgia ID or Georgia driver’s license.
- Acceptable payment methods include a credit/debit card, check or money order; processing fees apply for credit/debit card payments.
- Parking is available near the Extensions Services facing Memorial Drive. Disabled customers may use the Property Tax entrance off Northern Ave.
- Security screening, masks and temperature checks are required for service. Please review theCOVID-19 safety requirements before visiting any office location.
- City of Atlanta/DeKalb bills were mailed Sept. 15 and are due Nov. 15.
To avoid long lines, wait times and late fees, please consider the following payment methods:
- Online:dekalbtax.org/property-information. Credit/debit card payments are accepted; processing fees apply. There is no fee for paying by e-Check.
- Drop box:Convenient 24-hour drive-up drop box available at all three office locations. Payment must be placed in the box by the due date (cash not accepted).
- New Pay-by-phone:Call 770-336-7500, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Payment does not apply to prior year, delinquent payments. Credit/debit card payments are accepted; processing fee applies.
- Mail:Mailed payment must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service by the due date to avoid late fees; metered or kiosk postage dates are not accepted.
Tax bills reflect millage rates set by the governing authorities, and the fair market values determined by the county’s Property Appraisal Department. Taxpayers should be aware that in any tax year, tax bills could be higher due to an increase in the fair market value of a property but can be offset by tax savings (E-Host and exemptions). The deadline to appeal property assessment values was in July; the deadline to apply for homestead exemptions was April 1, 2021.
“I want taxpayers to know that my office will do what it can to assist them in addressing their tax bill concerns,” said DeKalb Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson. “I encourage property owners to take time to carefully review their tax bill and contact my office about basic and special exemptions questions or contact the Tax Assessors Office with questions about their property values.”
For questions about property appraised values, please call the county’s Property Appraisal Department at 404-371-0841. For questions regarding tax payment and exemptions, contact the Tax Commissioner’s Office at 404-298-4000 firstname.lastname@example.org.