Homestead Exemption FAQs

How is my tax bill calculated?

Once the property owner and the Board of Assessors have come to terms with an appropriate value, this value is provided to the Tax Commissioner for tax bill calculation. To calculate a tax bill, you must first deduct any exemptions that may apply from the assessed value; thus generating a net assessed (taxable) value. Next you multiply the net assessed value by the millage rate.

What do I do with my assessment letter?

Once you have received your assessment letter, if you agree with the value determined all you will need to do is wait to receive your actual bill. If you do not agree with the assessed value, you can file an appeal with Douglas County Tax Appraisers Office.  

Taxes for real estate and business personal property due in Douglas County 60 days from the bill date.

Mobile/manufactured homes are due April 1 (beginning in 2016) of each year.

After the due date, for real estate and business personal property, interest will be added monthly until the bill is paid. Effective July 1, 2016, interest rate may vary each year. The interest rate will be bank prime loan rate plus 3% to accrue monthly. Additionally, a penalty of 5% will apply to all taxes that are not paid within 120 days of the deadline and will be added every 120 days until 20% is assessed; however, homesteaded property with a tax liability of less than $500 does not receive the penalty. If the property taxes remain unpaid, the Tax Commissioner has the right and responsibility to levy on the property for non-payment. Of course, we consider this a last resort for tax collection and prefer to use other collection methods. Tax bills are mailed to the homeowner, never to the mortgage company. You must forward your bill to your mortgage company if necessary

Is there any way to reduce my tax bill?

Yes. There are several exemptions and special assessment programs available that may apply to your property. The most common are the homestead exemption for real estate and for business personal property there is the freeport exemption. Contact the Douglas County Tax Assessor’s Office for details of the available special assessment programs and Homestead exemptions.

What is and how do I file for homestead exemption?

Homestead exemption is the system developed by the State of Georgia that exempts from taxation a specified amount of assessed value of your home. You may apply for homestead exemption in the Tax Assessor’s office. To qualify you must both own and occupy your home as of January 1. Once you have qualified for homestead exemption and remain in the same house you do not need to reapply. However, if you move, you are required to reapply for the exemption for the new location. Application for homestead exemption may be submitted any time during the year but must be received before April 1 of the taxable year to qualify for the exemption that year. If received after April 1, the Tax Assessor will activate the exemption the following year. When the homeowner reaches the age of 62 years old, they may be eligible for an additional homestead exemption. 

Where can I get my driver’s license changed?

You can change the address on you drivers license online at www.dds.ga.gov or at the Carrollton, Dallas, or Marietta locations.  

How do I check the status of my application?

To check the status of your homestead application, you will need to contact the Douglas County Appraisers Office at (770) 920-7228. They are in the Douglas County Government Annex Building on the second floor.  

Why am I receiving another bill?

If you have filed an appeal with the appraiser’s office, your initial bill is for 85% of your tax liability. Once the appeal has been decided, you will receive a bill for the remaining balance on your account.  

Where do I get a copy of my warranty deed?

You can obtain a copy of your warranty deed from the Clerk of Superior Court office. This office is in the Douglas County Courthouse. This is also where you would find information about protecting your deed.