DeKalb homeowners urged to apply for homestead tax exemption

DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson is encouraging residents to apply online for basic homestead exemptions before the April 1 deadline.

Homestead exemptions provide a reduction in annual property taxes and are available to individuals who own and occupy a home in DeKalb County.

“Homestead exemptions provide significant savings for property owners who own and live at their primary residence,” said Johnson. “I encourage homeowners who do not have an existing homestead exemption to contact my office or visit our website to review their exemption status. Applications for basic exemption may be submitted online, by mail, in person or drop box.”

County officials said individuals applying for the first time must own and occupy the home as their primary residence as of Jan. 1, 2022, have all vehicles registered in DeKalb County, file income taxes from the property, and not have a homestead exemption anywhere else. Applications received after April 1 will be processed for the following year, according to a news release.

For all exemptions, eligibility, and document requirements, visit www.dekalbtax.org/exemptions.

According to the release, homeowners are required to apply once for a basic exemption and exemptions remain in place as the applicant resides on 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 dekalbtax.org/property-information.

County officials said 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.

Basic homestead applications may be submitted online at dekalbtax.org/file-homestead-exemption, by mail, drop box, or in person. A news release states those seeking senior and disabled exemptions must apply in person, by mail or by drop box, and present federal and state income tax forms, social security 1099 forms, proof of age and/or proof of 100 percent total and permanent disability.

A Click2Skip program is available for homeowners interested in same-day walk-in service or an appointment. To join the same-day waitlist, visit https://dekalbtax.org/same-day-wait-list. To schedule an appointment in advance, visit https://dekalbtax.org/appointments, click the property tax button and select an available date. Appointments may also be scheduled by calling (404) 298-4000. 

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