DeKalb Tax Commissioner reminds homeowners to apply for homestead exemptions prior to April 1 deadline

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT
Angela Walton
PR & Communications Manager
404-298-3103
awalton2@dekalbcountyga.gov

DeKalb Tax Commissioner reminds homeowners to apply for homestead exemptions prior to April 1 deadline

DECATUR, Ga. – Homeowners in DeKalb County are encouraged to apply online for basic homestead exemptions before the April 1 deadline. Individuals must own and occupy the home as their primary residence as of Jan. 1, 2021, have all vehicles registered there, file taxes from the property, and not have an exemption anywhere else. For all exemptions, eligibility and document requirements, please visit www.dekalbtax.org/exemptions.

“Homestead exemptions provide significant savings for property owners who own and live at their primary residence,” says DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson. “Now is the time to plan ahead and apply early to avoid delays. Applications received after April 1 will be processed for the following year.”

In addition to the basic homestead exemption available to all homeowners, 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. Beginning Monday, March 1 homeowners can schedule an appointment. Applications for 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% total and permanent disability.


Photo: Customers at the Tax Commissioner’s North Office location on Dresden Drive

The popular Click2Skip program now includes scheduling for property tax customers applying in person. Visit dekalbtax.org/location-and-wait-times and look for the Click2Skip Property Tax button, select an available appointment and a confirmation will be sent to the email address provided. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 404-298-4000.

“Providing an expanded and efficient level of customer service remains one of our top priorities as we leverage technology to enhance the way we do business,” says Johnson. “The pandemic has allowed us to implement new solutions to improve customer and employee safety, enhance the overall customer experience and save customers valuable time in the process.”

For more information about homestead exemptions, how to apply or to schedule an appointment, visit www.dekalbtax.org/property-tax, or contact the DeKalb Tax Commissioner’s Office at 404-298-4000 or proptax@dekalbcountyga.gov.

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