County Property Tax Facts Coweta

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By viewing the web pages at the Local Government Services Division's website, taxpayers should obtain a general understanding of the property tax laws of Georgia that apply statewide. This page contains local information about a specific county. While every attempt has been made to include everything a taxpayer needs to know, mistakes are possible and taxpayers should contact their local tax officials for verification and clarification of the information found on this page.  

Local Tax Officials

Tax Commissioner

Tommy Ferrell
Coweta County Administration Building
22 East Broad Street
Newnan GA 30264
(770)254-2670
Fax: (770)254-2634
Email: tferrell@coweta.ga.us
Website: www.cowetataxcom.com
Pay Tax Online: http://www.cowetataxcom.com/taxes#/

Chairman of the Board of Tax Assessors

Mickey Rogers
37 Perry Street
Newnan GA 30263
(770)254-2680
Fax: (770)254-2649
Website: www.cowetatax.com
Property Records: http://www.cowetatax.com/

Chief Appraiser

Michael Marchese
37 Perry Street
Newnan GA 30263
(770)254-2680
Fax: (770)254-2649
Email: mmarchese@coweta.ga.us
Website: www.cowetatax.com
Property Records: http://www.cowetatax.com/

County Governing Authority

Al Smith
Coweta County Administration Building
22 East Broad Street
Newnan GA 30263
(770)254-2601
Fax: (770)254-2606
Website: http://www.coweta.ga.us/government/departments-a-e/board-of-commissione…

Property Tax Returns 

Property tax returns must be filed with the county tax office between January 1 and April 1 of each year. In some counties property tax returns are filed with the county tax commissioner, and in other counties, returns are filed with the county board of tax assessors.  You should check with your county tax office for verification.

Any taxpayer of any county who returned or paid taxes in the county for the preceding tax year and who fails to return his property for taxation for the current tax year shall be deemed to have returned for taxation the same property as was returned in the preceding tax year at the same valuation as the property was finally determined to be subject to taxation in the preceding year. 

Homestead Exemptions 

State law provides for various homestead exemptions that must be offered in each county, however some counties have implemented local legislation increasing homestead exemption amounts within their jurisdictions. 

An application for homestead may be made with the county tax office at any time during the year subsequent to the property becoming the primary residence, up to April 1st of the first year for which the exemption is sought. In some counties the county tax commissioner accepts homestead applications, and in others, the county board of tax assessors accepts applications. You should check with your county tax office for verification.

Failure to apply is considered a waiver of the exemption.

The following homestead exemptions are offered in this county: 

Regular Homestead Exemption - $2,000 for State and School Purposes, $10,000 for County Purposes.
Must own and occupy home as of January 1.  No income requirements, (not applicable to bond tax).  If you received the regular exemption, you are not required to reapply unless change in residence.  HB1646, 2001,

State Exemption
Owner must be 65 as of January 1 of the tax year.  This exemption will exempt the owner from state tax on the home and up to ten (10) acres of land.  Once you qualify for one of the age 65 local exemptions you will automatically receive this exemption.

School Tax Exemption (State) - $10,000
Owner(s) must be 62 as of January 1.  Gross income of all members of household can not have exceeded $10,000 in previous year.  For this exemption do not include social security and retirement income.  This will exempt owner(s) from school and bond tax on the first $10,000 of assessed value.

Local School Exemption #1
Owner(s) must be 65 or totally disabled as of January 1.  Total gross household income can not have exceeded $12,500 in previous year.  You must include social security and retirement income.  If not 65 but totally disabled, owner(s) must be unable to seek gainful employment and present letter from doctor stating disability.  This exemption will exempt owner(s) from school and school bond tax on the home and up to 1 acre of land.  School taxes are still due on balance of property (if any). 
HB 1828, 1988

Local School Exemption #2
Owner(s) must be 65 or totally disabled as of January 1.  Total gross household income must not have been less than $12,500 or greater than $25,000 in previous year.  You must include social security and retirement income.  If not 65, but totally disabled, owner(s) must be unable to seek gainful and present letter from doctor stating disability.  This exemption will exempt owner(s) from school taxes for maintenance and operation purposes on the first $20,000 of assessed value of the property.  This exemption does not apply to school bond taxes.  HB 1653, 1998

Local School Exemption #3 - No Income Restrictions
Age 65-70  $40,000 Exemption
Age 71-74  $60,000 Exemption
Age 75+     $80,000 Exemption
For qualifying purposes age is age as of January 1.  Must furnish birthday and social security number when applying.  HB 989, 2002  

Veterans Exemption - Totally and Permanently Disabled
Disability must be service connected, must obtain qualifying letter from Veteran's Administration and bring to Tax Commissioner's Office when applying.

Freeport Exemptions 

Voters in the county may elect to exempt commercial and industrial inventory. Application for freeport exemption should be made with the board of tax assessors within the same time period that returns are due in the county. Applications filed after that time can receive a partial exemption for that year up to June 1.

Ad Valorem Tax Payments

County and county school ad valorem taxes are collected by the county tax commissioner. Even though the official due date for ad valorem tax payment is December 20th, the local governing authority may adopt a resolution changing the official due date for tax payment to December 1st or November 15th, or may implement installment billing with multiple due dates. You should check with your county tax commissioner's office for verification.

Each taxpayer shall be afforded 60 days from date of postmark of the tax bill to make full payment of taxes due before the interest accrues. In addition to interest, delinquent taxes may accrue penalties on unpaid balances. 

Valuation Appeals

The county board of tax assessors must send an annual notice of assessment which gives the taxpayer information on filing a property tax appeal on real property (such as land and buildings affixed to the land). If the county board of tax assessors disagrees with the taxpayer’s return on personal property (such as airplanes, boats or business equipment and inventory), the board must send a notice of assessment which gives the taxpayer information on filing an appeal. If the taxpayer wishes to appeal the fair market value on the notice of assessment, the appeal must be sent to the board of tax assessors and postmarked no later than 45 days from the mailing date of the notice of assessment.

Ad Valorem Tax Refunds

A taxpayer may make a written request for refund of taxes which are determined to have been erroneously or illegally assessed and collected. Refund claims must be initiated within three years from date of payment. However, in the case of an appealed assessment, any refund must be automatically processed by the tax authorities immediately upon determination of the final taxable value.

Motor Vehicle Registration

Title Ad Valorem Tax - Motor vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013, and titled in this State are exempt from sales and use tax and annual ad valorem tax. The taxes are replaced by a one-time tax that is imposed on the fair market value of the vehicle called the Title Ad Valorem Tax Fee(TAVT).

Vehicle Registration - Vehicle owners must renew their registration and pay the ad valorem tax every year with the county tax commissioner during the 30 day period which ends on their birthday. If the vehicle is owned by more than one person, then the birthday of the person's name that appears first on the title is used to determine the registration period. Newly acquired vehicles must be registered within 30 days.

In 2017 there was an estimated 144,476 tags sold in Coweta county.  Tags are sold on a 12-month staggered system at Coweta County Tag Office, 22 East Broad Street, Newnan, Ga. 30263; Phone: (770)254-2631; Fax: (770)254-2634; Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00, except for the 3rd Wednesday in each month when this office opens at 8:30. 

Vehicle owners in Coweta county may renew their registration online at www.coweta.ga.us and follow the department's link to the tag office.

Coweta County is one of thirteen metro counties under emission testing.  In 2018 annual testing is required for 1994 - 2015 year models--2016 and newer models are exempt from testing.  

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Location Permits - Taxpayers locating a mobile home must apply to the county tax commissioner for a location permit within 30 days of permanent placement of the home in the county and then annually thereafter between January 1 and April 1. Some counties may have assigned location permits to another office.  Please check with your county tax office for verification. 

Mobile homes that are temporarily located in the county and are owned by a business that is not located in the county should notify the board of tax assessors of their presence to avoid being cited for failure to apply for the location permit.

Mobile Home Returns - Owners of mobile homes that are located in the county on January 1 must return the mobile home for taxation to the county tax commissioner on or before April 1 of each year at the same time they apply for the location permit. 

Intangible Recording 

Every holder of a long-term note secured by real estate must have the security instrument recorded in the county where the real estate is located within 90 days. The tax for recording the note is at the rate of $1.50 for each $500.00 or fractional part of the face amount of the note. In most counties the Clerk of Superior Court is responsible for collecting intangible recording tax, and in others, the county tax commissioner collects

Municipal Tax Payments

Municipal governing authorities also levy ad valorem tax and the city clerk is responsible for billing and collecting the city tax. In some counties, the municipal and county governments have entered an agreement to have the county tax commissioner collect all taxes in a single billing. In all counties, only the county tax commissioner is authorized to collect tax on motor vehicles.

 

This webpage is a service provided by the Georgia Department of Revenue, Local Government Services Division. Comments or questions about this page should be directed to Local Government Services.

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Information on this page was current as of 05/09/2018.