HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS

To receive any homestead exemption, you must apply in person at the Gilmer County Tax Assessor's Office.

Homestead exemption is one way to reduce the amount of property tax you pay on your residential property. In Gilmer County, if you own the property, reside on that property, and are a legal resident of the County, all as of January 1st of the tax year, you may qualify for homestead exemption.

Legal resident means that you are registered to vote and/or register your vehicles in Gilmer County. You cannot be claiming homestead at any other location in Gilmer County or in any other county or state.

If you and your spouse own more than one home, you CANNOT claim multiple exemptions, even if one house is in your name and the other is in your spouse's name.

You must apply for any of the following exemptions. Filing for one does not carry over to a different exemption, especially age based exemptions. You must file for each exemption as you qualify. Only one owner needs to meet the requirements to qualify for the full exemption. These exemptions are automatically renewed each year unless there is a change in ownership or you no longer meet the eligibility requirements. You do not need to reapply if you refinance your home. For all exemptions, the property must be in the name of the applicant.

To legally change ownership into your name, a new deed must be recorded with the Gilmer County Clerk of Courts.

If a change of ownership occurs due to death or divorce, the new owner must file the change with the Gilmer County Tax Assessor's Office and reapply for the exemption they may qualify for.

The amount exempted is deducted from the 40% assessed value of the property in the applicable categories.

The local county exemptions supersede the state exemption amount when the local exemption is greater than the state exemption.

This information is a general overview of some exemptions available, contact the Gilmer County Tax Assessor's Office for more information.

STANDARD HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
  • Available to all homeowners who qualify by ownership and residency requirements
  • Exemption is $2,000 deducted from the 40% assessed value
AGE 62-64 SCHOOL TAX EXEMPTION
  • Available to a homeowner 62 years of age or older you may qualify for one of the following:
  • Total household adjusted gross income from all sources including social security and retirement does not exceed $20,000
  • Total household adjusted net income, excluding social security and retirement income, does not exceed $10,000
  • Exemption amount varies if homeowner qualifies for this school tax exemption
  • Must bring a copy of previous year's income tax return to the Gilmer County Tax Assessor's Office
STANDARD ELDERLY GENERAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
  • Available to a homeowner 65 years of age or older
  • Total household adjusted net income, excluding social security and retirement income, does not exceed $10,000
  • Exemption amount is $4,000
  • Must bring a copy of previous year's income tax return to the Gilmer County Tax Assessor's Office
AGE 65 SCHOOL TAX EXEMPTION
  • Available to a homeowner 65 years of age or older
  • Income is not a factor for this exemption
  • Total exemption from the school tax
100% DISABLED VETERAN/UNREMARRIED SURVIVING SPOUSE OF VETERAN
  • Must provide proof of 100% disability from the Veterans Administration
  • Exemption amount changes annually
UNREMARRIED SURVIVING SPOUSE OF FIRE FIGHTER OR PEACE OFFICER
  • Available if such person's spouse, who as a member of a qualified Fire Department or Peace Officer Agency, was killed or died as a result of injury in the performance of their duty
  • Documents from the agency must be provided
  • Total exemption from all taxes
FILING PERIOD FOR ALL HOMESTEADS

You may apply for exemptions year-round, however, you must apply by April 1st to receive the exemption for that tax year. Any application received after this date will not be processed until the next tax year.

DRIVER'S LICENSE OR STATE ISSUED ID IS REQUIRED AND THE ADDRESS MUST MATCH THE ADDRESS ON YOUR PROPERTY.




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