On the Ballot in Atlanta: Extending the Increased Homestead Exemption on School Taxes

In 2018, the Georgia Legislature passed and the voters approved an increased homestead exemption for city of Atlanta homeowners for Atlanta school taxes: increasing the exemption from $30,000 to $50,000. This increased exemption expires December 31, 2021 unless Atlanta voters approve to extend it in November 2021. Based on the 2021 millage rates, the increased […]

2021 Property Tax Appeal Deadlines

Georgia property owners receive a property tax notice of assessment each spring, notifying them of the assessment value of their property, and estimate of the taxes based on that value, and an opportunity to appeal the valuation. The deadline for an appeal is 45 days after the assessment notice is issued and is printed on […]

Attorney Sara Sorenson Shares Words of Wisdom

In the May 2021 issue of the Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle magazine, attorney Sara Sorenson shared words of wisdom to future generations of women pursuing a meaningful career. Sara currently serves as the president of the Smyrna Business Association.

Georgia Legislative Recap 2021

The Georgia 2021 legislative session ended in early April. Below is a short recap of some of the property tax legislation that passed and will be signed into law. You can find the full text of each bill by searching on the Georgia Legislature’s website. HB 282: Valuing Qualified Timberland. This bill adds definitions and […]

Attorney Sara Sorenson Joins Panel at National Property Tax Seminar

On March 17, 2021, attorney Sara Sorenson joined a panel of distinguished property tax practitioners to present at the annual American Bar Association (ABA) & Institute of Professionals in Tax (IPT) Advanced Property Tax Seminar. The panel spoke on hot topics and emerging trends in property tax cases and statutes from around the county.

April 1 Deadline for Homestead Exemption Applications & Returns Approaching

New Homeowners: April 1 is the deadline for Homestead Exemption applications. Be sure to maximize your tax savings by filing now! April 1 is also the deadline for filing a property tax return, which is most important when your property has experienced some significant event that dramatically reduces its value prior to January 1 of […]

Fulton County Residents Pay Most Property Taxes in Georgia

A Tax Foundation study found that Fulton County residents pay an average of $2,901 annually in property taxes, the highest in Georgia. How does your county rank? Check out the study below: Where Do People Pay the Most in Property Taxes? Property taxes are an important tool to help finance state and local governments. In […]

Podcast Interview: How Commercial Property Owners Can Reduce their Property Taxes

I sat down (virtually) with Michael Warady, CFP for a discussion about property taxes for the podcast Strategies and Ideas for US Business. I discussed property taxes, COVID’s impacts on property tax bills and appeals, and ways that commercial property owners can take action to save. My biggest take-aways for commercial owners: be proactive and […]

Georgia Dept. of Revenue Extends Appeal Filing Deadline

On August 17, 2020, the Department of Revenue issued an informational bulletin extending (and reopening) the deadline to appeal property tax assessment values in nearly all Georgia counties: Property Tax Appeal Deadline Extended to August 27, 2020 THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE GEORGIA SUPREME COURT HAS ISSUED AN ORDER DECLARING A STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY, WHICH […]

Property Tax Incentives Handbook Released

The University of Georgia ‘s Langdale Center for Forest Business has released its 2020 revision of its popular handbook, Property Tax Incentives for the Georgia Landowner. The handbook includes information about property tax incentives for Georgia agricultural and timber property owners. An electronic copy of the handbooks is available here: http://www.ugacfb.com/property-tax-incentives-for-the-georgia-landowner/ Programs like conservation use […]