For the most current information on Homestead Exemption deadlines in Georgia, read our blog post for the 2010 Tax year – File Your 2010 Homestead Exemption.

Did you purchase a new home in Atlanta last year? Then it is important that you file for a Homestead Exemption in your county. This can save you thousands of dollars in property taxes! Here is some helpful information on exemptions and links to the appropriate websites from several counties such as Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton.

A Homestead Exemption provides 3 basic protections. While some states provide this exemption automatically, in Georgia a homestead exemption must be applied for during the first year of residence in your primary home. You only have to apply for the exemption once. Here are the 3 basic protections under homestead exemption:

1. It provides an exemption from property taxes which can be applied to a home
2. It prevents the forced sale of a home to meet the demands of creditors
3. It provides the surviving spouse with shelter

Upcoming Exemption Deadlines by County (this information has been researched on the websites for each county; however, you should check with each tax center to ensure accuracy of this information)

• Dekalb County: Homestead exemption applications are accepted year-round, but current-year exemptions must be applied for between Jan 2 and March 1
• Fulton County: Homestead exemptions are due by March 1, 2008 and can be completed online
• Cobb County: You can apply for exemptions year-round by mail or in person; however, you must apply by March 1 to receive the exemption for that tax year.
Gwinnett County: Application deadline is March 1.

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