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Paying Your Property Taxes

October 8, 2013
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It's getting close that time of year again — especially if you live in Fulton County. Property taxes remain an essential part of our community. They help support services provided by the local and state governments. The amount charged to you depends on your "value," figured here by your wealth (taxes based on “value” are known as ad valorem taxes).

Property is broken down into real and personal. Real property encompasses anything built (whether it’s growing or adhered to the ground). It is taxable in the county where the land is located. Personal property covers everything you own except real estate. It is taxable in the county where you legally reside.

On Jan. 1, owners receive their property tax amount and then have until April 1 to file for a property tax return. You do that with the county tax commissioner’s office (or sometimes the county tax assessor’s office). The Georgia Department of Revenue provides a database that can help you find your local contact.

For most Georgia counties, the actual tax submission deadline is Dec. 20, but not for all areas. For example, The City of Atlanta and Fulton County have different deadlines. Property taxes in the City of Atlanta were due before Aug. 15. For Fulton County, property taxes are normally due no later than Oct. 15 (next week!).

For more information about paying property taxes, be sure to look at our Popular Topic on Paying Property Taxes.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is a content specialist for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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