New Homestead Exemptions in Fulton County & Atlanta

On November 6, 2018, voters approved several new Homestead exemptions. These are available to homeowners on their primary residence only (not available for second homes, rental properties, etc): Fulton county taxes – $50,000 exemption for residents over age 65 from county taxes (increases the basic exemption from $30,000 to $50,000) Fulton school taxes – new floating exemption […]

Fulton Co. Prevails in Mandamus Case Against DOR

A judge has ordered the Georgia Department of Revenue to approve Fulton County’s 2017 digest values. The decision comes after tension over the Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors’ decision to cancel higher residential assessment values in 2017 and reissue notices at the 2016 values. For Fulton County taxpayers, this means the lower 2017 values […]

Atlanta Commercial Property Values under Scrutiny

The Fulton County Tax Assessors office is facing more scrutiny – this time, over commercial property values that appear to lag behind recent sales prices. Local reporters investigated +260 multi-million dollar commercial properties sold since 2015, and found about 175 of the properties sold for significantly more than the Tax Assessors’ office had valued the […]

On the Ballot: Property Tax Amendments and Referenda

Earlier this year, I discussed a number of new property tax relief laws that would require approval by voters on November 6, 2018. Election day is just around the corner! I have reviewed the sample ballots and complied a list of the various property tax measures and how they will affect Georgia property owners. Click […]

Attorney Sara Sorenson Presents at NAPTA Conference

Attorney Sara Sorenson made a presentation at the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys’ annual conference on October 10-11, 2018. Sara presented an update on Georgia property tax law. Sara is the only Georgia attorney member of NAPTA, an organization of attorneys who focus on evolving and complex property tax issues across the United States.

CUVA: a property tax strategy for farms and conservation land

Georgia farm owners may qualify for a conservation use valuation assessment (CUVA) covenant, which can result in significant property tax savings. CUVA is available to certain property owners, including individuals, family owned entities, estates, and trusts, who own land used primarily for agricultural purposes or conservation purposes. Qualified property owners can enter into 10-year CUVA […]