When will I receive my property tax bill?
Property tax bills are mailed during August of each year to the owner of record as of January 1st. A tax bill will be mailed to the new owner of the property if a deed change occurred after the first of the year. Depending upon when the property was transferred, the new owner should contact their closing attorney, mortgage company, escrow agent, or review their closing statement to determine who is responsible for paying the taxes. However, unpaid taxes continue to accrue against the property.
In accordance with State law, tax bills are mailed to both the Owner of Record as of January 1st of the tax year. Bills are also mailed to the current owner, if different. Failure to receive a bill does not relieve the responsibility of paying taxes due. It is the property owner's responsibility to inform our office of any mailing address changes.
What is the current year millage rate?
The millage rate is established by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners in July. The most recent millage rates can be found on our Forms page.
When are my property tax payments due?
The installment due dates for DeKalb County taxes are October 1st and November 15th. If you choose to pay the full amount in one payment, it must be paid by October 1st.
The City of Atlanta has one installment, due January 15, 2019.
What if I miss the deadline for my tax payment?
There is a 5 percent penalty for late payment of the first or second installment if the envelope is not postmarked by the October 1st or November 15th due dates. If you mail your payment on time, but the post office fails to postmark it by those dates, it will be considered a late payment. Please make sure that your envelope is hand canceled by the Post Office if mailing near or on the deadline. Office meter dates are not accepted. Our website will not accept payments after midnight on the deadline until after late fees have been added.
If the City of Atlanta taxes are not paid by the due date, interest accrues each month beginning on next day. Any parcel with an unpaid balance 120 days after the payment deadline, will receive a 5 percent penalty, every 120 days.
Where can I find a definition for some of the terms on my tax bill?
Is there a limit to the amount of property taxes I can pay when paying online?
No. Our online payment system is equipped to accept all payments regardless of the amount of the payment. However, a limit of five accounts can be paid for at one time.
Where do I mail my tax payment?
Please mail tax payments to:
DeKalb County Tax Commissioner
PO Box 100004
Decatur, GA 30031-7004
Can I pay with my bank’s online bill-pay feature?
Yes, you may. However, please be advised that the date you schedule the payment may not be the date that we receive the payment. The transfer of electronic payments is not immediate. Please take this into consideration when scheduling your payment with your financial institution. We will post the payments on the date that we receive them from the bank, or if a paper check is sent we will still go by the USPS postmark.
What is the cost of sanitation in DeKalb County?
The basic annual sanitation assessment for a single-family residential property is $265. This fee is for your annual trash pickup fees. Additional collection bins may be requested through the Sanitation Department at the rate of $85 per additional bin.
How is my temporary value calculated while under appeal?
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING TEMPORARY BILLING VALUE FOR PARCELS UNDER APPEAL - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AS THE LAW HAS CHANGED EFFECTIVE 2014.
If you file an appeal and it is not resolved at the time of the mailing of the tax bill, you will be mailed a tax bill based on a temporary value. There are options for calculating the temporary value:
Option 1: The temporary value is determined by the lesser of your last final value OR 85 percent of the current year value, unless there were capital improvements to the property, in which case it will be 85 percent of the current year value.
Option 1-A: If the property is non-homesteaded and valued at over $2 million you may elect to be billed at 85 percent as defined above, OR, you may elect to pay the 85 percent tax bill and the amount of difference between the 85 percent tax bill and the last final tax bill. The difference will be held in an escrow account by the tax commissioner. Upon resolution of the appeal, this difference will be released by the tax commissioner to the prevailing party.
Option 2: At the time of your appeal you may specify to us that you want to be billed at 100 percent of the current value, if no substantial property improvement has occurred.
NOTE: If at the time of your appeal you do not specify to us your preference as to the temporary value, we will use option 1.
Any difference created by the resolution of your appeal will be refunded or re-billed with interest, if applicable. Interest applies to appeal differences settled after Nov. 15. Interest is capped at $150 for homestead exempted properties, and at $5,000 for non-homestead exempted properties.
How is Interest Calculated when Taxes are Appealed?
In accordance with Ga. Code 48-5-311(e)(6), if an assessment appeal is filed and it has not been resolved by the time the tax bills are mailed, you will be billed at a temporary value. Any difference created by the resolution of your appeal will result in your being billed for the balance due or you will receive a refund. Interest applies to appeal differences settled after Nov. 15th.