Homestead Exemption February 26, 2023

What is a homestead exemption, and how do you apply for one in Cobb County?

Are you a homeowner looking to reduce your property tax bill? One of the best ways to do that is by taking advantage of homestead exemptions. But what is a homestead exemption, and how can it save you money? In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about homestead exemptions so that you can make an informed decision. Read on for more information!

What are the basics of a homestead exemption, and why should you apply for one?

A homestead exemption is a deduction from the assessed value of qualifying property, in this case, your primary residence. The benefit of these exemptions is a reduction in the property tax you will pay for your home.

What are the exemptions available to homeowners in Cobb County?

Here is a list of the most common property tax breaks you can apply for:

  • Cobb County Basic Homestead (probably the most common)
  • Cobb County School Tax (residents ages 62 and older)
  • Cobb County $22,000 Disability
  • State Senior Age 65 (income specific for residents ages 65 and older)
  • State Veteran’s Disability

The Cobb Tax Commissioner’s website has all the qualifying details for all the exemptions available to Cobb residents.

How do you apply for one of these exemptions?

Applying for a homestead exemption takes a few easy steps: 

  1. Make sure all exemption applicants’ names are on the property’s deed
  2. Go to the online application site and apply only for the type of exemption you are eligible for.
  3. Upload the applicable qualifying documents to show proof of residency and exemption eligibility.

Keep in mind all applications are reviewed to ensure you qualify, and the office will inform you if any additional information is required to process your exemption.

Is there a deadline to apply?

Remember, the deadline to apply for any homestead exemption is April 1. If you fail to file timely, it is considered a waiver of the exemption for that year.

Also, if you print and fill it out manually, you can mail it via USPS or drop it off in person at one of these locations. Any mailed application must be postmarked by April 1.

New to Cobb County, check out the Cobb Tax Office’s new resident checklist to make your move easier.

Don’t live in Cobb County? Here is a list of links to most of Metro Atlanta’s county tax offices to get info for your county requirements!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 404-838-0830 or send us an email