First and foremost, it is important to note that April 1, 2019 is the deadline to file for homestead exemptions. Fulton County residents who purchased a new home in 2018, made changes to their deed, or who may qualify for a new special exemption should apply.

Several new homestead exemptions were approved by voters in November 2018. Most of the exemptions will apply automatically to existing homeowners. However, there is a new exemption for senior residents age 65+.

This exemption increases the basic homestead exemption from $30,000 to $50,000 for the Fulton County portion of property taxes. It does not have income restrictions. The exemption will be automatically applied to property owners who already have a 65+ senior homestead exemption in place. But any property owner who does not currently have an age 65+ exemption MUST apply in order to receive this benefit.

All seniors are encouraged to contact the Fulton County Tax Assessor’s Office for help identifying exemptions most beneficial to their situation. To qualify for any exemption, you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence as of January 1, 2019 and be a permanent legal resident of Fulton County. You must also present a valid Georgia photo identification and provide a current copy of your Fulton County vehicle registration(s).

Fulton County has invested in technology to make it easier for property owners to apply for homestead exemptions and handle other transactions online.

To apply online, visit www.fultonassessor.org and access the SmartFile system on the Online Services page. You can also obtain more information about the various exemptions here.

If you prefer to file for homestead exemption manually, an application can also be accessed on the Homestead page. The application can be mailed to the main office, or you can apply in person at one of the Homestead Exemption offices.

I hope you find this information useful and please take advantage of the exemptions that apply to you.

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