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valenti.hele…, Renter in Marietta, GA

is there a discount on property taxes for senior citizens?

Asked by valenti.helene, Marietta, GA Fri May 3, 2013

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Each county is different so you would need to contact the Property Tax office of the county you are looking in
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You have to be below the poverty line and over 65. The county uses household income for qualifying.
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Contact the Tax Assessor of the county you are interested in and they will be able to provide you information on discounts.
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You can visit your county's tax commissioners web site or call to find the specific program. Keep in mind you must apply for the discount to get it. It is not automatic.

I attended a tax appeal case for a client yesterday. We were successful in getting a 68% reduction saving $1400. The owner applied for a reduction on their own in 2011 which was denied but by state law was required. This was brought up in the hearing and to our surprise the assessor agreed and the owner will get an $1100 refund. A $2500 savings for making your case to the government.

In another case yesterday we were successful getting a valuation reduced from $114000 to $40000 a 65% reduction. Surprisingly when I checked, 90% of the homes on the street were valued between $102000 to $118000. Each of these owners could had they requested could have gotten a very substantial reduction in their tax bill.

The senior discount is great but values in metro Atlanta are still down 30% or more in many areas from their peaks. Some assessments have been reduced but many have not and these owners are paying 30% more than they should or could. Where the assessor reevaluates on average every 3 years or more this is a valuable savings.

When reviewing your taxes look at the value to see if you can get savings. Also pay close attention to the deadlines when the 2013 tax bills come out. Typically you only have 45-60 days from the notice to file an appeal. Each county has different dates for issuing there bills so the dates can be confusing.

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Since a good majority of GA taxes go to fund Public schools, seniors receive a huge discount on their property taxes, especially since most do not have school age children. Coupled with a Homestead exemption discount on your primary residence, your taxes per year could be as low as $350 per year depending on your location and the value of the home you own. Please contact me to discuss this in more detail if you like.

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Absolutely! Different Counties have different programs. Some have a discount after 62. Others may have one after 65 and some may have both. There are those who has a discount for the disabled at 65 but you can't get get both after 65. These are in addition to the standard homestead exemptions. In many cases taxes will only be somewhere near seventy-five %. of the normal charges.
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There are age exemptions from school taxes in most Georgia counties, valenti.helene. Please call, text or email if we can provide further assistance. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
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