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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