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 […]

Guest Blog Post: TIPS FOR LOWERING YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL IN 2020

I shared my top property tax tips for homeowners on CPA Aliycn McLoed’s Atlanta.tax blog. Check them out below: Tips for Lowering your Property Tax Bill in 2020 – Atlanta Tax When it comes to income taxes, most people don’t want to pay a penny more than they have to. The same applies to property […]

COVID-19: Impacts on Georgia’s Property Tax System

As national and statewide emergencies are declared, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Georgia’s property tax system in a few ways: Georgia courts have postponed most non-emergency civil matters for 30 days (until mid- April). Property tax appeals that are pending in Superior Court will likely be delayed. Most board of Equalization offices have closed. Hearings […]

Ga. Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Taxpayers in Value Lock-in Case

On October 30, 2019, the Court of Appeals announced its decision in two case concerning the 2-year value lock-in for appealed properties. For many properties, the value established by a property tax appeals locks-in for 2 additional years, giving the taxpayer relief from the time and expense of the appeal process. See OCGA 48-5-299(c). There […]

Ga. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Property Owners in Tax Credit Case

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of property owners in a recent case concerning the valuation of affordable housing projects that receive state and federal tax credits (under 26 USC § 42, or Section 42). The Board of Assessors’ Arguments: Following a string of court decisions and legislative changes, the Lowndes County Board […]

Georgia Scores a B+ for Property Tax Administration

A recent report by the Council on State Taxation (COST) and International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) gave Georgia a B+ grade for property tax administration, based on scores in categories including transparency, consistency, and procedural fairness. You can access the report HERE. Skip to page 35 for a breakdown of Georgia’s score. Georgia ties the […]

Fulton County and DOR Settle 2017 Digest Dispute

In July 2019, the Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors and Georgia Department of Revenue settled their dispute over Fulton County’s 2017 digest. After two years of litigation, Fulton’s 2017 assessment values and tax bills will finally be finalized. Fulton settles with state in tax fight; homeowners won’t owe The battle boiled down to whether […]