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Tax Commissioner Gregory Baker
The Tax Commissioner's Office accepts emails from taxpayers regarding their experience in the office or any other concern. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Tax Commissioner's Office will contact you within 24 working business hours.
The Douglas County Tax Office is located on the first floor of the Douglas County Government Annex located at 6200 Fairburn Road Douglasville, GA 30134. CLICK HERE for a map to the Douglas County Government Annex.
The Tax Office is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The Tax Office is closed on County holidays. CLICK HERE for a list of County holidays.
The Tax Commissioner's Office is established by the Georgia Constitution, and is responsible for every phase of collecting and disbursing ad valorem property taxes, including real property (land), personal property (furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment, inventory used in business; aircraft, boats/motors owned by individuals), heavy duty equipment, manufactured/mobile homes and public utilities. The Office processes homestead exemptions, prepares the annual tax digest, and conducts tax sales. The Douglas County Tax Commissioner collects taxes on behalf of Douglas County, the City of Douglasville, and the Douglas County portion of the cities of Austell and Villa Rica.
Real and Personal Property Taxes
Tax bills are mailed in the early autumn of each year to the owner of record of the property as of January 1st. Payments are due 60 days after the mailing of the notices (the due date is published on the notice).
Earlier in the year, property owners will receive a property assessment notice revealing the value of the property as determined by the Douglas County Appraisal Department/Board of Assessors. On that form will be an estimated tax payment for the year. This is only an estimate. The actual amount of taxes due will be determined after each governing body (Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Board of Education, City of Douglasville Mayor and Council, City of Villa Mayor and Council, and City of Austell Mayor and Council) sets its property tax millage rate.
If a property changes ownership during the year, it is the responsibility of the buyer and seller to work out who pays any owed taxes. The Tax Commissioner is not responsible for determining a property owner's payment obligation; this is usually done at the time of the property closing.
Property Tax Returns Timber Per O.C.G.A. 48-5-7.5, timber can be assessed a tax if harvested or sold. The tax is assessed at 100% of its fair market value. This tax is billed and paid to the county in which the timber was grown and harvested or sold. There are three types of sales; lump sum sales, unit price quarterly report, and owners harvest. After any one of the three sales are completed either the purchaser or the seller must report the sale via the Georgia Department of Revenue PT-283T form. If the seller or purchaser fails to timely make a report of the sale or harvest they will pay a fine of 50% of the tax due, but if the PT-283T is filed within 12 months after the due date of the tax the amount of the penalty will be 1% per month or part of a month that the report is late. CLICK HERE for Form PT-283T, Report of Timber Sale or Harvest.
Property Tax Exemptions
Property owners may apply for exemptions year-round. However, applications must be made by April 1st to receive the exemption for that tax year as long as the qualification age and ownership were reached as of January 1st of the taxable year. Failure to submit the application on or before April 1st forfeits the right to exemptions for that tax year. All exemptions are automatically renewed each year unless there is a change of ownership of the property or the property owner no longer meets the eligibility requirements. Refinancing a home does not require a new application for exemptions unless a name change on the property occurs and the prior homestead qualifier is removed from the deed.
Regular Homestead Exemption, Freeze Exemption and Homeowners Tax Relief Grant
The Regular Homestead Exemption is a reduction of $2,000 off the assessed value for School taxes, and $6,000 for County taxes.
This freezes the taxable value of your property, but it only applies to the County portion of your property taxes. As the fair market value increases on your property, the exemption increases the same amount and offsets inflationary value increases. The frozen value (for tax purposes only) stays in place until the property is sold or a new deed is filed on the property. The Freeze Exemption does not apply to improvements. Home improvements increase your taxable value. No application is necessary for the Freeze Exemption.
Special Qualification Exemptions
All applications for Special Qualification Exemptions must be made in person in the Tax Commissioner's Office due to the documentation that is required. All applicants must bring with them a copy of their current motor vehicle registration showing that their name and mailing address is the same as the property for which they are applying for an exemption. If you do not have a vehicle in your name, you must bring copies of two utility bills showing the name and mailing address on the bill is the same as that of the property for which an exemption is being requested. Applicants must also bring a valid Georgia Driver's License or State of Georgia-issued ID, as well as any documentation listed below.
Property owners age 62 years and older as of January 1st can apply for a reduction of 100% of assessed taxes for schools. Qualifying individuals must specifically apply for this exemption after reaching the age of 62.
This exemption allows a reduction of up to $8,000 for County tax. Requirements include proof of age and proof that the previous year's net income did not exceed $10,000 per immediate family group (husband and wife, husband and husband, wife and wife). Social Security benefits and retirement pensions do not count towards the $10,000 income limit (with some qualifications). Bring in to the office current income amounts as well as Social Security numbers of all spouses.
This exemption allows a reduction of 100% of the assessed value of a home and up to 10 contiguous acres of land and $4,000 on balance of value. Bring in to the office current income amounts as well as Social Security numbers of all spouses.
This exemption is a reduction of up to half the assessed value for school tax. Documentation to bring in for this exemption is two documents from doctors and/or from the Social Security Administration. This documentation must state the severity of the disability, that the disability is likely to be permanent, and the taxpayer is unable to be gainfully employed.
This exemption provides a reduction of up to $73,768 of the assessed value for County and school tax. Requirements include a letter from the Veterans Administration stating 100% service-connected disability or less than 100% service-connected disability but 100% compensated. There are also available veteran exemptions for the un-remarried surviving spouse or minor child of the veteran who continues to occupy the home as the primary residence. The VA letter must be provided when the application is filed.
This exemption is granted up to $50,000 Homestead Exemption for State, County, municipal and school purposes. The surviving spouse will continue to be eligible for the exemption as long as they do not remarry. Documentation is required from the Secretary of Defense proving spousal benefits.
This exemption is 100% of all ad valorem taxes. Documentation is required.
The cities of Douglasville and Villa Rica have separate exemptions for senior property owners with property inside the corporate limits. These exemptions change over time. Please check with the Tax Commissioner's staff for any current exemptions.
Property Tax Returns
Per O.C.G.A. 48-5-7.5, timber can be assessed a tax if harvested or sold. The tax is assessed at 100% of its fair market value. This tax is billed and paid to the county in which the timber was grown and harvested or sold. There are three types of sales; lump sum sales, unit price quarterly report, and owners harvest. After any one of the three sales are completed either the purchaser or the seller must report the sale via the Georgia Department of Revenue PT-283T form. If the seller or purchaser fails to timely make a report of the sale or harvest they will pay a fine of 50% of the tax due, but if the PT-283T is filed within 12 months after the due date of the tax the amount of the penalty will be 1% per month or part of a month that the report is late. CLICK HERE for Form PT-283T, Report of Timber Sale or Harvest.
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