Notice of Assessment is not a tax bill, estimate may not include all eligible exemptions
DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County Tax Commissioner reminds property owners that annual assessment notices are not a tax bill. For questions and concerns, please call the county’s Property Appraisal & Assessment Department at 404-371-0841.
“In an effort to guide taxpayers to the appropriate office, it is important to understand that the tax office works collaboratively with the Property Appraisal & Assessment Department to provide a seamless billing and collection process for ad valorem taxes in DeKalb,” said Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson. “Homeowners are encouraged to carefully review their assessment notices as soon as possible. While these notices serve as an estimate, the actual tax bill may be more or less and are mailed annually around mid-August.”
The Tax Commissioner has no authority over the amount of assessment and is not involved in the appraisal process, which is handled by the county’s Property Appraisal & Assessment Department. Assessment notices are an estimate of an ad valorem tax bill for the current year. Each year, the department mails assessment notices to property owners in May or early June. If homeowners disagree with the current year value, appeals must be filed within 45 days of the notice. Instructions to file an appeal are included in the assessment notice, which must be filed before the July 10 deadline this year.
The Tax Commissioner's Office is responsible for property tax billing and collection of taxes based on assessments. Tax bills are expected to be mailed mid-August following the successful approval of the county’s tax digest by the Georgia Department of Revenue. Each year, property tax bills are computed based on millage rates set by the governing authorities, the fair market values determined by the Property Appraisal & Assessment Department, and the assessment valuation of 40%. The bills also reflect any credits (deductions) that may result from EHOST (Equalized Homestead Options Sales Tax), and basic, senior, or special homestead exemptions provided by state and local law.
“The digest is an official listing of county property and its assessed value. This office, in conjunction with the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, CEO, Tax Assessor’s Office (Property Appraisal), GIS, Board of Education, city governments, and county administration, work together to prepare the tax digest,” said DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson.
For questions and concerns regarding your annual assessment notice, please call the Property Appraisal office at 404-371-0841 or visit https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/property-appraisal/contact-us.
Questions regarding homestead exemptions and exemption status may be directed to the Tax Commissioner’s Office by phone at 404-298-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to file for an exemption was April 1.
PROPERTY TAX REMINDERS
- DeKalb County property tax bills will be mailed beginning mid-August.
- Tax bills reflect a computed assessment based on multiple elements: millage rates set by the governing authorities, the fair market values determined by the county’s Property Appraisal & Assessment Department, and the assessment valuation of 40%.
- Taxpayers should be aware that in any tax year your tax bill could be higher due to an increase in the fair market value of your property but can be offset by tax savings (EHOST and exemptions). The deadline to apply for homestead exemptions was April 1.
- Questions about property appraised values should be directed to the county’s Property Appraisal Department by calling 404-371-0841.
- Questions about homestead exemptions and exemption status may be directed to the Tax Commissioner’s Office by phone at 404-298-4000 or email email@example.com.
- For up-to-date information, follow the Tax Commissioner’s Office on Twitter and Facebook at @dekalbtaxga or visit the website DeKalbTax.org.
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About the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s Office
DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson, an elected constitutional officer, is responsible for billing, collecting, and disbursing $1.6 billion in personal and real property taxes, and administering homestead exemptions for the nearly 260,000 property owners. Also serving as an agent for the State of Georgia, the tax commissioner handles all aspects of motor vehicle registrations, including managing the collection of motor vehicle taxes, issuing vehicle tags and titles, and processing vehicle registration renewals for citizens and businesses located in DeKalb County, Georgia.