It's that time of year again. Time to Apply for your Homestead Exemption in Dekalb County!
Perhaps you bought your first house in 2012 and are asking yourself... What is a Homestead Exemption? Dekalb County Tax Commissioner states: You may apply for the Basic Homestead exemption if you own and occupy the home as your legal residence and primary domicile on January 1st of the year in which the exemption is being claimed. The home must be your legal residence for all purposes whatsoever including the registration of your vehicles and filing of your Federal and Georgia State income taxes. You cannot file for homestead exemption on rental property, vacant land, or on more than one property. Homestead exemption applications are accepted year around. Current year exemptions must be applied for January 2 through April 1st. Applications received after April 1st will be processed for the following year.
If you live in Dekalb County, these are the steps to take to file for your Homestead Exemption.
1. Confirm that you meet the criteria of Owner Occupant, that this is your legal residence, and that you are not filing Homestead for more than one location.
2. You will need your PIN number to complete your application. If you do not know this, you can look it up in the property information section. You will just need to input your property address or parcel ID to retrieve your PIN.
3. A. If you are a new home owner or an existing home owner without Homestead Exemption, click here to apply.
B. If you are a current home owner that already has Homestead Exemption, click here to apply for the Property Assessment Freeze Application.
4. If applying online is not for you, you can also visit one of these locations to apply in person.
There are also special exemptions available for citizens 62 and older as of January 1st, disabled veterans and other disabled persons. YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON FOR THESE EXTENDED EXEMPTIONS at the Tax Commissioner's office.
If you are not a resident of Dekalb County and looking to apply for your homestead exemption, you will want to look up your specific details at your county website.
Good luck and make sure you apply by April 1 in order to qualify for these benefits for 2013!