DeKalb Tax Commissioner reminds homeowners to apply for homestead exemptions before April 1

March 5, 20212min16940
Irvin Johnson

DECATUR, GA– DeKalb County homeowners are encouraged to apply online for basic homestead exemptions before the April 1 deadline. Individuals applying for the first time must own and occupy the home as their primary residence as of Jan. 1, 2021, have all vehicles registered in DeKalb County, file taxes from the property, and not have a homestead exemption anywhere else. Homeowners do not need to apply more than once for a basic exemption. For all exemptions, eligibility and document requirements, please visit


“Homestead exemptions provide significant savings for property owners who own and live at their primary residence,” siad DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson. “Now is the time to plan ahead and apply early to avoid delays. Applications received after April 1 will be processed for the following year.”


In addition to the basic homestead exemption available to all homeowners, special tax exemptions are also available for eligible senior citizens ages 62 and older, disabled residents, disabled veterans or surviving spouse, surviving spouse of a U.S. service member, and surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter. Age and income requirements must be met to qualify for all senior exemptions.


Once an exemption has been granted, it remains in place as long as the applicant continues to reside at the property, or until a different exemption is applied for and received. Homeowners may check their exemption status by reviewing their property information online at


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