April is the month for filing tax returns and homestead exemptions.
While, due to a federal holiday, April 17 is Tax Day, April 2 is the cutoff for Fulton County homeowners to make sure they get property tax relief.
Residents of owner-occupied properties can call 404-612-6440, ext. 4, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for assistance.
They may also visit the county board of tax assessors office online at http://bit.ly/2or5Qwq for information on whether they qualify.
Applicants should have certain documents ready to fill out the paperwork, according to county spokeswoman April Majors.
They are a driver’s license or Georgia ID; vehicle registrations for the property owner and, if applicable, spouse; and the most recent state and federal income tax returns.
Majors said different exemptions apply for city, county and school taxes.
“Each exemption has special requirements that the homeowner must meet,” she said in a statement.
There are basic, senior and special exemptions, depending on qualifications, Majors said.
Basic exemptions, reducing taxes by $30,000, require living in the property on Jan. 1 of the tax year.
The home must be a primary residence and the applicant’s name must be on the deed.
“Rental and commercial properties are not eligible,” Majors said.
Senior exemptions are for residents who were either age 62, 65 or 70 as of Jan. 1, she said.
“Most senior exemptions have income limits,” Majors said. “All seniors are encouraged to reach out to the tax assessors office for assistance in identifying the exemption most beneficial to their situation.”
Special exemptions are for residents with disabilities and other circumstances.
Although homestead exemptions are not automatically granted, according to the website, the application process can be a one-time task.
“Once granted homestead exemption, you do not have to reapply again unless there is an ownership change on the property or if you move to a different property that you claim as your primary residence,” Majors said.
According to the website, basic exemptions can be filed in person or online.
“Senior and all other special exemptions must be applied for in person at any of our office locations,” it states.
There are five locations available:
-South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Suite 224, College Park.
-Peachtree Center North Tower, 235 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1100, Atlanta.
-Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor St. SW, Suite 1018, Atlanta.
-Fulton County Customer Service Center at Maxwell Road, 11575 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta.
-North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road NE, Suite 210, Sandy Springs.