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Tax Exemptions

Homestead Online

IMPORTANT: Online filing has closed for the 2024 tax year. The system will reopen October/November 2024 for the 2025 tax year.

Before continuing to the application and creating an account, please have the following documentation ready:

  • Each applicant must provide the last four (4) digits of your Social Security Number. In addition, the following proofs of residency are required:
    • Valid Georgia Driver's License (that matches the property address), OR
    • Valid Georgia Driver's License (that does not match the property address) with one of the following:
      • Vehicle Registration that matches the property address OR 
      • Voter Registration that matches the property address
  • For each non-citizen applicant, a permanent resident card (green card) must be provided.
  • In addition to the above, each applicant may also need to furnish the following:
    • Applicant's date of birth
    • Last four (4) digits of spouse's Social Security Number (if applicable)
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Applicant's previous address (if outside of Forsyth County, and you were receiving homestead exemption elsewhere, please provide a letter from the county stating that your homestead has been removed from that location.)

DISCLAIMER: By submitting this application you will be attesting that the information contained thereon is true and you intend to apply for a homestead exemption on this property. You understand that by proceeding with this application that your information can and will be verified electronically with other state and federal agencies.

Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption is one way to reduce the amount of property tax you pay on your residential property. In Forsyth County, if you own the property, reside on that property, and are a legal resident of the County, all as of January 1st of the tax year, you may qualify for homestead exemption.

Legal resident means that you are registered to vote and/or register your vehicles in Forsyth County. You cannot be claiming homestead at any other location in Forsyth County or in any other County or State.

If you and your spouse own more than one home, you CANNOT claim multiple exemptions, even if one house is in your name and the other is in your spouses name.

You must apply for any of the following exemptions. Only one owner needs to meet the requirements to qualify for the full exemption. These exemptions are automatically renewed each year unless there is a change in ownership or you no longer meet the eligibility requirements. You do not need to reapply for exemptions if you refinance your home. For all exemptions, the property must be in the name of the applicant.

To legally change ownership into your name a new deed must be recorded in Forsyth County records.

The amount exempted is deducted from the 40% assessed value of the property in the applicable tax categories.

If a change of ownership occurs due to death or divorce, the new owner must file the change with the Tax Assessors Office and reapply for any exemption granted in the previous owner's name.

The regular homestead exemption reduces the gross assessment which is applied to certain portions of the mileage rate by $8,000. The regular homestead grants an $8,000 reduction to your assessed value against the County M & O and the Fire portion of the millage rate. This is a special local exemption. The school and state portion of the millage rate will be reduced by $2,000 per the state allowed homestead exemption.

As a result of legislation approved by voters in 2001, Forsyth County homestead claimants are now eligible for the county floating homestead exemption, in addition to any other exemption for which they may be eligible. Homestead applications will be used to qualify all taxpayers for the county value offset exemption.

In the absence of a millage rate increase, the value offset exemption holds constant the county government and fire portion of your taxes when there is a property value increase. Taxpayers who file for this exemption in 2006 establish their base year and value at the 2005 level. Thus, your county taxes will be calculated according to your base year, established at the time of application. School and state taxes will continue to be calculated on the current year's value. Please note that you will receive the exemption savings only if your property experiences an increase in assessed value.

Homeowners who are 65 years of age on or before January 1 are entitled to a full exemption in the school general and school bond tax categories. You must furnish proof of age when you apply.  This is a homestead exemption and only applies to the home you live in, and you must be receiving or applying for regular homestead exemption to qualify.   Effective January 1, 2017 this law was amended as follows:

    "A person shall not receive this exemption if there are minor children residing in the homestead unless such children are the natural or adopted children of the person, are foster children under the care of the person, are children for whom the person has been appointed guardian, or are temporary residents of the homestead for a period of not more than one year in duration."

Homeowners who are 62 years of age on or before January 1 may be eligible for school tax exemptions that are based on income. 

Local legislation grants school tax exemption on your home and 3 acres, or $20,000, whichever is greater. Gross Income from the entire household cannot exceed $16,000. 

State law grants a $10,000 school tax exemption against the school portion of the millage rate, provided that your Net Income is $10,000 or less.

Homeowners who are 65 years of age on or before January 1 may be eligible for a double ($16,000) homestead exemption.

To qualify the Gross Income from all sources in the household cannot exceed $40,000.

Forsyth County offers two local exemptions to disabled taxpayers. 

  • One exempts your home and three acres from the school portion of the tax bill. Gross Income cannot exceed $16,000. 
  • The other grants a $16,000 exemption against the county and fire portion of the millage rate. Gross Income cannot exceed $40,000. 
There are no age limitations on the disability exemptions. The applicant must provide two (2) letters from physicians stating that he applicant is totally and permanently disabled, or one (1) letter from a physician and a copy of their disability statement from Social Security.

This exemption applies to all tax categories. Homeowners who are disabled veterans as defined in O.C.G.A. 48-5-48 are entitled to a $81,080 exemption on school and state taxes, and an $119,080 exemption on county and fire taxes. You must provide legally required documentation. This exemption extends to the unremarried surviving spouse or minor children at the time of the applicant's death, provided they continue to occupy the home as a residence and homestead.

This $81,080 exemption applies to the state, county, municipal and school tax categories as defined in O.C.G.A.section 48-5-52.1. Any citizen who is the unremarried surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed forces killed in any war or conflict and receiving spousal benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs is eligible. Legal documentation is required. 

If you make application for any homestead with income requirements you will be required to submit a copy of your current years Federal Income tax return, a copy of your social security benefit statement, a copy of any 1099 retirement statements, IRA and interest statements. (If the applicant does not file an income tax return, all other information is required.)

You may apply for exemptions year-round, however, you must apply by April 1 to receive the exemption for that tax year. Any application received after this date will not be processed until the next tax year.


  • DRIVER'S LICENSE OR STATE ISSUED ID:  If the address on your driver's license does not match the property address, you must supply your Forsyth County motor vehicle registration or voter registration.

Code Description
S1 Regular Homestead
S3 Elderly School Tax - Age 62
S5 Disabled Veterans
S6 Disability
SS Surviving Spouse Veteran
SG Surviving Spouse Police/Fire

Regular and Floating homestead application is available for download the Tax Forms page Please note:  The application must be notarized, and required documents as shown above must be attached.  A notary is available in our office at no charge.

Age 65 Exemptions (School Tax)

Code Description
L1 Regular Homestead + Age 65 School Tax
L4 Double Homestead + Age 65 School Tax
L5 Disabled Veterans + Age 65 School Tax
L6 Disability + Age 65 School Tax
LS Surviving Spouse Veteran + Age 65 School Tax
LG Surviving Spouse Police/Fire + Age 65 School Tax

Other Exemptions

Code Description
SA Preferential Agriculture
SB Brownfield Property
SF Freeport
SH Preferential Historic
ST Residential/Transitional
SV Conservation Use Exemption



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