Homestead Exemptions: What are they and do I qualify?

Whether you’re a new homeowner or have lived in your home for years, applying for all the possible homestead exemptions you are eligible for is one of the best ways to save money. Like a coupon for your property tax bill, it reduces the amount you will owe.

What are homestead exemptions?

Homestead exemptions are special property tax-breaks for owner-occupied properties.

How do I know if I qualify? 

In the state of Georgia, the home covered by the homestead exemption should be your legal residence. 

  • If you have owned and occupied your home by January 1 of the current year 
  • If you are the beneficiary of a trust
  • If you have inherited your home
  • If you have a life estate

When should I apply? 

Right now!  Your application must be filed between January 1 and April 1 for the homestead exemption to become effective for the current taxable year.

What is the standard exemption?

In Fulton County, if you own/occupy and use your home as your primary legal residence, you may be granted 

  • Fulton County: $30,000 + floating exemption
  • City of Atlanta Atlanta: $30,000 + floating exemption
  • Atlanta Public Schools: $50,000 after first $10,000

What if I need help applying? 

If you are a Fulton County homeowner who has not yet taken advantage of the homestead property tax exemption, the Atlanta Beltline Partnership is offering FREE assistance with the application process. Head over to  to sign up for one-on-one help.


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