Variations in Receipt of Benefit
No Variation in Receipt of Benefits
Eligible applicants receive a $10,000 exemption from assessed value from all property taxes levied by, for, or on behalf of any school system. This exemption is equivalent to $25,000 of market value given the state's 40% assessment rate. The applicant must file an initial application, but from that year forward, additional annual applications are not required. However, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to notify the tax commissioner if he or she becomes ineligible for the exemption. Counties have the option of increasing the amount of the exemption.
How is Benefit Disbursed
Exemption from assessed value
Eligible Property Type
Characteristics of Eligible Property
Only residential property is eligible for this program.
Description of Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants must be at least 62 years old and occupy the qualifying property as a primary residence as of 1 January for the year in which the benefit is first applied. They must have a household income that does not exceed $10,000. Household income excludes income from retirement sources, pensions, and disability payments up to $66,912. Any income above this limit is counted towards the income threshold.
Local Option in Adoption of Program
Local government is unable to exercise an option
Local Option Regarding Program Features
Local option regarding program features
State Funding for Local Tax Loss
State reimburses all of the local government tax loss
Description of State Funding for Tax Loss
State funding for tax loss is provided to school districts only when funds are specifically appropriated for that purpose. In the event that funds are appropriated, the State Board of Education will provide each school district with grants for educational purposes in an amount equal to the revenues lost by the school district because of this exemption. The state will distribute these grants only to school districts which had a tax levy of 20 mills or more for educational purposes as of 1 July 1974.
Georgia Department of Human Services Senior Homeowner's Resource Guide (Page 25-28) [http://dhs.georgia.gov/sites/aging.georgia.gov/files/imported/DHR-DAS/DHR-DAS_Newsletter/GA%20Senior%20Homeowners%20Guide.pdf Accessed 09/20/2018] View Archived Source