County Property Tax Facts DeKalb

Tax Commissioner

Irvin J Johnson
4380 Memorial Dr Suite 100
Decatur GA 30032
(404)298-4000
Fax: (404)298-3040
Email: proptax@dekalbcountyga.gov 
Website: dekalbtax.org
Pay Tax Online: https://taxcommissioner.dekalbcountyga.gov/TaxCommissioner/TCSearch.asp

Chairman of the Board of Tax Assessors

John W Lawson
Maloof Annex Building
1300 Commerce Dr
Decatur GA 30032
(404)371-0841
Fax: (404)371-2791

Chief Appraiser

Calvin Hicks
Maloof Annex Building
1300 Commerce Dr
Decatur GA 30032
(404)371-0841
Fax: (404)371-2791
Email: cchicks@dekalbcountyga.gov
Website: www.dekalbcountyga.gov/property-appraisal/welcome
Property Records: http://taxassessor.dekalbcountyga.gov:81/PropertyAppraisal/realSearch.asp

Chairman of the Board of Commissioners

Jeff Rader
1300 Commerce Dr
Decatur GA 30032
(404)371-4909
Website: www.dekalbcountyga.gov/board-commissioners/board-commissioners
 

The following local homestead exemptions are offered in this county:

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION & QUALIFICATION SUMMARY

Exemption Code and Type
County
General
County
Bond
School
General
Age
GA Net
Income
Gross
Income
Fed. Adj. 
Gross
Ga. Law
H1 - Basic Homestead Exemption
10,000
0
12,500
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
HR789, 1983
H3* - Senior - 62
10,000
0
All
62
10,000
n/a
n/a
HR793 
H3* - Disabled
10,000
0
All
n/a
10,000
n/a
n/a
HR793
H4* - Senior - 65
14,000
14,000
All
65
10,000
n/a
n/a
HB1649, 1721 
H5 - Disabled Vet
81,080
81,080
81,080
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
SB667, SB668, 1992
H6* - Senior - 65
14,000
14,000
16,500
65
15,000
n/a
n/a
HB1649, 1995
HB1721, 1988
H6* - Disability DeKalb
14,000
14,000
16,500
n/a
15,000
n/a
n/a
 
H7** - Partial School
10,000
0
22,500
62
n/a
n/a
16,000
HR793, 1982
H7** - Disability Partial School
10,000
0
22,500
n/a
n/a
n/a
16,000
HR793, 1982
H8** - Senior - 65
14,000
14,000
22,500
65
n/a
n/a
16,000
HR793, 1982
H9 - Senior - 70***
10,000
0
All
70
n/a
n/a
85,823
HB2151, 1992
H10 - Disabled Vet School
81,080
81,080
ALL
65
n/a
n/a
10,000

 

*Social Security benefits and most retirement income up to $66,912 are not included when calculating income for a married couple; $33,456 for singles.
** Social Security benefits, railroad retirement and disability benefits are excluded when calculating income. 

***Federal Adjusted Gross PLUS municipal bonds. 

Property Assessment Freeze – Persons who qualify for homestead exemption may also qualify for the property assessment freeze. This means that the value for the county operations portion of the tax bill will be frozen at the base year value in which the freeze application is made.  The freeze will not affect city, school or state taxes.  The freeze will expire in 2022.  (HB595, 2006) (SB544, 2010) (HB515, 2015)  

New State-wide Exemptions

Exemption for un-remarried spouse of Peace Officers and Firefighters killed in the line of duty – Provides for a total tax exemption for the un-remarried surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter who was killed in the line of duty from all ad valorem property taxes.  This will not affect any special assessments assigned to the property (sanitation, stormwater or streetlights, etc.)  This exemption must be applied for in person.

Senior (age 65) state ad valorem exemption – Seniors who are eligible for homestead exemption and are age 65 can be exempted from state ad valorem taxes on their property.

Disabled Vet 60,000 Plus an Additional Sum - The additional sum is determined according to an index rate set by United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Other Local Exemptions

City of Atlanta - exemptions are granted along with County exemption

Atlanta Homestead
Description
Homestead
Code
Age or
Disability%
Income
Requirements
City Library, Parks & General
City Bond
School Board
School Bond
Basic
A1
N/A
N/A
30,000
0
30,000
0
Basic + School Bond (SNR)
A3
62
GA Net less than 10,000
30,000
0
30,000
10,000
Senior + School Bond
A4F*
65
GA Net less than 40,000
40,000
0
30,000
10,000
Disability Veteran
A5
100%
N/A
81,080
81,080
81,080
81,080
Disability + Special School
 A6
100%
GA Net less than 25,000
30,000
0
55,000
25,000
Senior + Special School
A6F*
 65
GA Net less than 25,000
40,000
0
55,000
25,000

* This exemption freezes your City of Atlanta taxable assessment for the following levies: City Operations, City Bonds, and City Parks and City Libraries.

City of Avondale - local exemptions are not awarded

City of Brookhaven – The basic homestead exemption is granted along with County exemption.   

  • Basic homestead exemption of $20,000
  • Elderly persons 65 and older exemption of $34,000

City of Chamblee - The basic homestead exemption is granted along with County exemption.  Elderly exemptions are applied for with the City of Chamblee. 

  • Basic homestead exemption of $30,000
  • Elderly persons 65 and older and disabled persons that are 100% disabled can receive a 100% exemption from ad valorem taxes

City of Clarkston – Seniors age 65 may apply for additional 20,000 exemption from the assessed value of their property when they qualify for homestead exemption. 

City of Decatur - exemptions are applied for with the City of Decatur

  • Basic homestead exemption of $20,000
  • Elderly persons 65 and older can receive an additional $1,000 on regular homestead
  • Seniors age 62 and older with an income less than $25,000 can receive an exemption of $10,000 for city operations and $50,000 for school purposes
  • Seniors age 62 and older with an income less than $10,000 can receive an exemption of $10,000 for school operations
  • Seniors age 70 and older can receive an exemption of $40,000 for school operations
  • Seniors age 80 and older with an income less than $40,000 can receive an exemption of 100% of assessed value for school purposes
  • Disabled persons that are 100% disabled per the Department of Veterans Administration can receive an exemption of $*60,000 plus

All exemptions are subject to income requirements as well as age requirements. 

*The city commissioner/school board may set the exemption from $10,000 to $50,000

City of Doraville - exemptions are awarded along with the county exemptions

  • Basic homestead exemption of $25,000
  • Elderly persons age 70 and older can receive 100% city tax exemption

City of Dunwoody

  • Basic exemption- 10,000 plus a 1 mill reduction off assessed value Senior exemption- age 65 with 15,000 or less GA NET income 14,000 plus a 1 mill reduction off assessed value

City of Lithonia – city exemptions are awarded with the county exemptions

  • Basic homestead exemption of $2,000
  • Elderly persons 65 and older and disabled persons with net income less than $4,000 can receive an additional exemption of $2,000

City of Pine Lake - exemption is granted along with County exemption

  • Basic homestead exemption of $4,000

City of Stone Mountain - local exemptions are applied for with the City of Stone Mountain

  • Elderly persons age 62 or older with an income of less than $10,000 can receive an exemption of $20,000 for city operations

City of Stonecrest  - The basic exemption is granted along with the County exemption. 

  • Basic exemption- 10,000 plus a 1 mill reduction off assessed value Senior exemption- age 65 with 15,000 or less GA NET income 14,000 plus a 1 mill reduction off assessed value
  • There is a separate assessment freeze for City tax purposes

City of Tucker - The basic exemption is granted along with the County Exemption.

  • Basic homestead exemption of $10,000
  • Seniors age 65 and older for 100% disabled exemption of $14,000
  • There is a separate assessment freeze for City tax purposes

 

DeKalb County is on the 12-month staggered registration system.  Tag and title office locations may be found at:

Tag Locations  

Main Office
4380 Memorial Dr Suite 100
Decatur GA 30032
(Inside I-285 at Northern Ave. across 
Memorial Dr  from the DeKalb Jail)  

North Office
1358 Dresden Dr NE
Atlanta GA 30319
(2 blocks East of the Brookhaven MARTA Station)

South Office

The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall            
2801 Candler Rd Suite 66
Decatur GA 30034

 

 

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