Homestead Exemptions

About Homestead Exemptions

 

Homestead exemptions have been enacted to reduce the burden of ad valorem taxation for Georgia homeowners. Homestead exemptions are available to all homeowners who occupy the property as of January 1 of the application year. 
  
Property owners must not be receiving a homestead exemption on any other property, including properties in other Georgia counties or in other states. Married couples are considered by law as a single family unit; therefore, only one homestead exemption between husband and wife may be claimed. Also, all vehicles owned by the applicant and spouse must be registered in Richmond County. 

Fee Note
Homestead exemptions do not exempt applicants from such fees as solid waste and street lights.

 

Application Requirements


Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1, all applicants for homestead exemption must indicate on the application whether they are U.S. citizens or are qualified aliens or non-immigrants under the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act. Those applicants who indicate they are qualified aliens or non-immigrants will be required to submit with their application their valid documentation from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for purposes of verification.

Application Process


The Tax Commissioner receives applications for homestead exemption and forwards the application to the Board of Tax Assessors for final determination as to eligibility of the applicant. The applicant, if denied, has the right to appeal the decision of the Board of Assessors to the Board of Equalization.

Once applied for and granted, the exemption shall automatically be renewed from year to year, as long as the applicant continuously occupies the residence as a homestead and the eligibility conditions still apply.

Please note the following:
  • Applicants do not have to apply again unless there is a change in ownership, name, or a spelling correction on the deed, or if you seek to qualify for a different type of exemption.
  • The same application is used to apply for all exemptions.
  • Adding or deleting a person's name on a deed, may require re-filing for homestead.
  • Refinancing a home does not affect the current exemption.
 

Apply


The deadline to apply for homestead exemptions is April 1.


Applications for homestead exemption must be made between April 2 of the preceding year and April 1 of the year in which the exemption is sought.
Apply in person at: 
Richmond County Tax Commissioner's Office
535 Telfair Street
Suite 100
Augusta, GA 30901
 
Apply by mailing your application to:
Richmond County Tax Commissioner's Office
P.O. Box 1427
Augusta, GA 30903

When mailing the application, it is recommended that certified mail is used and postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service by April 1. Metered dates are not accepted as timely.

Online Applications


Basic Homestead Exemptions (S1 and H2A) may be filed online.  A copy of a valid Georgia Driver's License or ID must be attached to the email. If this property was recently purchased, please attach a copy of  the recorded warranty deed when submitting a homestead exemption application. Click here to apply.
 
For questions pertaining to homestead exemptions, please call 706-821-2391.

Senior and all other special exemptions must be applied for in person or mailed to our office including all required documentation.