Tax Sale FAQs

Will paying my taxes late affect my credit?

When a tax sale is scheduled, it will be help on the first Tuesday of that month at 10:00 a.m. This will take place in the form of a public auction held on the front steps of the Douglas County Government Annex Building located at 6200 Fairburn RD, Douglasville GA 30134. 

When taxes remain unpaid for more than 120 days after their due date, the taxes are subject to a tax fifa (lien) being recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court. These records are public so credit bureaus may access them and may use them to adversely affect your credit. The tax office does not deal with these credit bureaus and so has no control of how they use the information or how often they update their records. 

When are tax sales held?

When a tax sale is scheduled, it will be help on the first Tuesday of that month at 10:00 a.m. This will take place in the form of a public auction held on the front steps of the Douglas County Government Annex Building located at 6200 Fairburn RD, Douglasville GA 30134. 

Where can I find a list of properties available for sale?

The list of available properties will be available on our website 30 days prior to the tax sale.  

Where can I find a list of properties with available excess funds?

The list of properties with available excess funds can be found on our website under the tax sales link. 

How do I find the owner of a property?

The list of properties with available excess funds can be found on our website under the tax sales link.  

If you know the property address, you can find information on the property and its owner under the Douglas County Property Information link. You can also contact our office at (770)920-7272. 

How to read and understand your property tax bill?

Here is an example of our current tax bill: 

 

 

1. BILL NO.: Providing your bill number will help to quickly locate your account information.  8. MILLAGE RATE: A figure applied to the taxable value of your property to calculate your property tax liability. This rate is set by each levying authority. 
2. DUE DATE: The last day to pay or postmark your payment without additional fees being applied  9. PENALTY/INTEREST/OTHER FEES/ PREVIOUS PAYMENTS/ BACK TAXES: any uncollected delinquent amounts and/or payments already received. 
3. TOTAL DUE: The current year and any unpaid mounts for previous years.  10. EXEMPTIONS: Indicates the value of the property that is exempt from taxation for each taxing authority. 
4. LOCATION: The physical address of the property.  11. NET ASSESSMENT: This is 40% of the fair market value. 
5. TAX PAYER: The owner of the property as it appears on the recorded deed.  12. FAIR MARKET VALUE: The approximate price the property would sell for on the open market. 
6. MAP CODE: A unique identifier assigned to each tract of land by the Tax Assessors Office  13. TAXPAYER MAILING ADDRESS: Please verify your mailing address is correct and notify us in writing if changes are necessary.  
7. EXEMPTIONS: Indicates if the owner has applied, and is qualified for, any reduction in property taxes.