Homestead Exemption

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 Board of Assessors Office. The application must be filed prior to 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 supersede the state exemption amount when the local exemption is greater than the state exemption.

Homestead Exemption Application

The deadline for filing for Homestead Exemption is April 1. You can complete your homestead exemption application online: Online Homestead Application

To submit your application, you may either:

To be eligible for Homestead Exemption, applicant must:

  • Own and reside in the property as your primary residence prior to January 1 of the tax year.
  • Upon filing, submit a copy of your Georgia driver’s license or Georgia ID with the property address you are applying for the exemption on.
  • Provide proof of residency which includes water, gas or electric bills, vehicle registration and/ or voter’s registration prior to January 1 of the taxable year.

For more information, contact the Board of Assessors office at (770-278-7676).