Attorney Sara Sorenson Speaks at Annual IPT Conference

Attorney Sara Sorenson attended the Institute of Professional in Tax Annual Conference in July 2022. The conference features top speakers and panelists from around the country on various tax topics in the fields of property tax, income tax, sales and use tax, and incentives. Sara joined panelists from California and Texas to discuss Alternative Dispute […]

Georgia Legislative Recap 2022

Georgia’s legislative session wrapped up on April 4, 2022. Numerous bills affecting Georgia’s property tax system were introduced during the session, but only a few will be heading to the Governor’s desk. Below is a recap of the legislation that passed. You can find the full text of each bill by searching on the Georgia Legislature’s […]

What is a “Notice of Intent to Issue FiFa?”

Property taxes are typically due before the end of the tax year; each county and city has a different deadline. If the taxes on a property are not paid by the deadline, interest and penalties will begin to accrue. The the taxes remain unpaid, the tax collector may send a “Notice of Intent to Issue […]

DeKalb Tax Assessors Take Heat Over LIHTC Valuations

The valuation of low income housing tax credit (LIHTC, also called affordable housing) properties has been a hot topic in Georgia over much of the last decade. LIHTC properties are developed in conjunction with various federal and state tax credits, offered in exchange for keeping some or all of the apartment units ‘affordable’ based on […]

Atlanta Voters Approve Permanent Increase to School Tax Break

On November 2, 2021, city of Atlanta voters approved a permanent increase in the homestead exemption for property taxes collected by the Atlanta School Board. In 2018, voters approved a temporary increase in the exemption (from $30,000 to $50,000) when assessment values and tax bills increased dramatically across the county. Atlanta homeowners can now rely […]

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 […]