Property Tax Returns
Real property consists of real estate and any improvements permanently affixed thereto, such as buildings. Property Tax Returns are required when you have made any change to your real estate. This would include adding or removing buildings, acreage changes, adding improvements such as pools, paving, etc.
If you do not agree with your previous years' value, you may also file a Property Tax Return to state your opinion of value. This will require the Board of Assessors to review your property and value. This will prompt an assessment notice that will give you an opportunity to appeal.
Property Tax Returns must be filed between January 1 and April 1 of each year.
Personal property consists of:
1. Any furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment, inventory, etc., or any other personal property used in business;
2. Aircraft and boats/motors owned by any individual or corporation.
Individuals, partnerships, corporations, etc. doing business or residing in Forsyth County must file a personal property return each year by April 1 with the Personal Property section of the Tax Assessors' Office. A 10% penalty is assessed for failure to file and late filing.
Certain classifications of tangible real property may qualify for preferential assessment provided they meet the criteria specified by Georgia law. The classifications are:
1. Property devoted to agricultural purposes;
2. Rehabilitated historic property;
3. Landmark historic property;
4. Residential transitional property;
5. Conservation use property.
Call the Tax Assessors' Office at (770) 781-2106 for further information.
Tax Exempt Property
Certain types of property, (i.e. public property, churches, nonprofit hospitals, etc.) may be exempt from ad valorem taxation. Tax exempt status must be approved by the Board of Tax Assessors before tax liability will be removed. For additional information or to apply for exempt status, please contact the Tax Assessors' Office at (770) 781-2106.