DeKalb Tax Commissioner Reminds Local Residents to File for Basic Homestead, Senior & Disability Exemptions


DeKalb County Tax Commissioner, Irvin J. Johnson, would like to remind all DeKalb County taxpayers who owned and resided in their property on January 1, 2017 that they may qualify for a basic homestead exemption.  The homestead exemption, which provides a significant tax savings to homeowners, must be applied for in person, by mail or via the Internet as exemptions are not automatically granted. Please note, that no company to include mortgage companies may file applications on behalf of property owners.  Also, by law, exemptions are not available for rental or commercial property and there is never a fee to file.

In addition to the basic homestead exemption, there are special exemptions for citizens 62 years of age and older.  Eligibility is determined only by application based on age and total household income.  Special exemptions are also available for citizens that are deemed totally and permanently disabled.  Applicants for senior or disability exemptions must visit one of the Tax Commissioner’s office locations in person so that specific circumstances and required documentation (2016 State & Federal income tax returns, proof of age and proof of disability status), are reviewed for eligibility.

Residents are reminded that application must be received by April 3, 2017 in order for the exemption to be granted on 2017 annual property taxes.  Although applications are accepted year round, any approved application received after the April 3rd deadline will be granted for the 2018 tax year.

Residents are encouraged to visit the website at with questions. You may also call 404-298-4000 or email for assistance.

If your community or civic organization would like to schedule a representative from the Tax Commissioner Office to speak at an event regarding exemption options, please feel free to reach the office at any of the contacts noted above.

Tax Commissioner Office Locations:
Central:    4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 100, Decatur 30032 – across from the DeKalb County Jail
North:      1358 Dresden Drive, NE, Atlanta 30319 – 2 blocks east of Brookhaven Marta Station
South:      2801 Candler Road, Suite 66, Decatur 30034 – The Gallery @ South DeKalb Mall by Macy’s
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