Several types of homestead exemptions have been enacted to reduce the burden of ad valorem taxation for Georgia homeowners. These exemptions apply to homestead property owned by and taxpayer and occupied as his or her legal residence (some exceptions to this rule apply and your tax assessors office can explain them to you).
To receive the benefit of the homestead exemption, the taxpayer must file an initial application. In Rockdale County, the application is filed with the Tax Commissioners Office. The application must be filed between January 1 and April 1 of the year for which the exemption is first claimed by the taxpayer. The homestead application is normally filed at the same time the initial tax return for the homestead property is filed.
Once granted, the homestead exemption is automatically renewed each year. Under the authority of the State Constitution, several different types of homestead exemptions are provided. In addition, local governments are authorized to provide for increased exemption amounts and several have done so. The tax assessors office in Rockdale County can answer questions regarding the standard exemptions as well as any local exemptions that are in place. The Local County Exemptions supercede the state exemption amount when the local exemption is greater than the state exemption.
To apply, please visit the Board of Assessors at:
981 Milstead Ave.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia Identification
– Complete Utility Bill (Gas, Water, or Electric)
– Recorded Deed