- Real Estate - due on December 4th.
- Business Personal Property - due on December 4th.
- Mobile/Manufactured Homes - due on April 1st.
- Motor Vehicles are Due Based on the Owner's Birthday.
Tax bills are mailed to the homeowner, never to the mortgage company. You must forward your bill to your mortgage company if necessary.
- Office - check, cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
- Online - this website by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
- Phone - Call toll free (855) 912-7052. Our local office cannot process payments over the phone.
A convenience fee of 2.65 % will be added to all Credit Card payments made in the Office, Online or by Phone.
Homestead Exemptions Homestead exemptions have been enacted to reduce the burden of ad valorem taxation for Georgia homeowners. The exemptions apply to homestead property owned by the taxpayer and occupied as his or her legal residence (some exceptions to this rule apply and your tax commissioner can explain them to you). Homestead exemptions are deducted from the assessed value of the qualifying property (40% of the fair market value).
An applicant seeking a homestead exemption shall file a written application with the Pickens County Board of Tax Assessors at any time during the calendar year subsequent to the property becoming the primary residence of the applicant up to and including the date for the closing of the books, which is April 1 for Pickens County, for the return of taxes for the calendar year. Homestead applications received after that date will be applied to the next tax year. Once granted, the homestead exemption is automatically renewed each year and the taxpayer does not have to apply again unless there is a change of ownership or the taxpayer seeks to qualify for a different kind of exemption.
First time homeowners need to bring a copy of their warranty deed to insure their application is filed correctly.
Georgia law allows for the year-round filing of homestead applications but the application must be received by April 1 of the year for which the exemption is first claimed by the taxpayer. Homestead applications received after that date will be applied to the next tax year.
Once granted, the homestead exemption is automatically renewed each year and the taxpayer does not have to apply again unless there is a change of residence, ownership, or the taxpayer seeks to qualify for a different kind of exemption.
Under authority of the State Constitution several different types of homestead exemptions are provided. In addition, local governments are authorized to provide for increased exemption amounts and several have done so. The tax commissioner in your county can answer questions regarding the standard exemptions as well as any local exemptions that are in place.The Local County Exemptions supersede the state exemption amount when the local exemption is greater than the state exemption. Pickens county has such exemptions: Homeowners 62 years of age or older, as of January 1 of the taxable year, provided the gross income of the applicant and spouse does not exceed $25,000, and are entitled to a total exemption off the assessed value for school taxes.
Surviving Spouse Homestead Exemption — An unremarried surviving spouse may continue to receive the homestead exemption at the base value established for the deceased spouse, upon application and qualification. This exemption only applies to those counties that passed a local base year floating exemption.
The Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption is available to certain disabled veterans in an amount up to $50,000 deducted from the 40% assessed value of the homestead property. This exemption applies to all ad valorem tax levies; however, it is restricted to certain types of very serious disabilities (that are service-connected disabilities) and proof of disability, either from the Veterans Administration or from a private physician in certain circumstances.
A similar exemption in the same amount is now available to the un-remarried surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in any war or armed conflict engaged in by the United States. The surviving spouse must furnish appropriate documentation that spousal benefits are received as a result of the death of the armed forces member.
The Floating or Varying Homestead Exemption is an exemption which is available to homeowners 62 or older with gross household incomes of $30,000 or less. The exemption applies to state and county ad valorem taxes but it does not apply to school tax. The exemption is called a floating exemption because the amount of the exemption increases as the value of the homestead property is increased. However, since the exemption replaces any other state and county exemption already in place for the property, taxpayers should be very careful in making application since in many instances the granting of this exemption will initially at least increase the amount of taxes levied on the property.
The Homeowners Tax Relief Grant, authorized by the Governor and the General Assembly provides a tax relief credit in an amount up to $8,000 in assessed value for all homeowners who are receiving one of the state homestead exemptions. This relief is shown on the property tax bill for State, county, school, and city purposes as a credit against taxes that otherwise would have been due. In addition to the various homestead exemptions that are authorized, the law also provides a Property Tax Deferral Program whereby qualified homestead property owners 62 and older with gross household income of $15,000 or less may defer but not exempt the payment of ad valorem taxes on a part or all of the homestead property. Generally, the tax would be deferred until the property ownership changes or until such time that the deferred taxes plus interest reach a level equal to 85% of the fair market value of the property.
With respect to all of the homestead exemptions, the Board of Assessors makes the final determination as to eligibility; however, if the application is denied the taxpayer must be notified and an appeal procedure is then available to the taxpayer.