A homestead exemption is a property tax reduction available to those who own and occupy a property as their principal place of residence. To apply for a homestead exemption, the home must be your legal residence as of January 1st for all purposes, often including the registration of your vehicles and the filing of your income taxes.
- You must have a copy of the recorded deed along with additional supporting documents. These documents vary by county.
- You must apply before April 1st of the year following your closing.
- Your exemption will be automatically renewed each following year as long as you continue to occupy the home under the same ownership.
- You cannot have the homestead exemption on more than one property.
- Electronically Recorded Deeds: Some counties in Georgia now accept deed recordings electronically. If your deed is recorded electronically, you will receive a copy of the recorded deed via email instead of the original deed. For more information on the exemption in your county, click the county name below.