Thursday, March 15, 2012

Homestead Exemption Georgia - Henry, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton

Homestead Exemption Crunch Time!

If you purchased a home last year and are eligible for homestead exemption but haven't filed as of yet, you better get busy!!! The deadline for most of the southern crescent counties is April 1st! Homestead is a valuable exemption that may reduce the amount of property taxes that you owe provided that you owned and occupied the property as a primary residence as of January 1st. Here are some helpful links and information that you may want to view:
When applying for homestead you will need a copy of your warranty deed that was mailed to you after closing by the attorney's office. If you do not have this and need it to file, please let us know and we'll be happy to obtain a copy for you! It is highly recommended that you call the local tax office prior to filing to make sure that you have everything that you need as each county may have different procedures and/or requirements.

If you miss the deadline, don't fret. You can actually file for homestead at any point during the calendar year but it won't applied until the following year. Have questions? Please don't hesitate to call or email us (but remember, we're not CPAs or Attorneys!)

Warning!!! If the homestead exemption was applied to your property when you purchased it (due to the previous owner's filing), it will vanish if you don't apply for yourself. This will then cause the property taxes to increase!! Once you apply for homestead, it applies for the lifetime that you own the property so long as the exemption exists! Don't miss out -- file asap!

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