Homestead and age 65 tax exemptions can now be filed online

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Tax Appraiser Mary Kirkpatrick said this week, if you are a Forsyth County resident, it is easier than ever to file for the homestead exemption or the age 65 plus school tax exemption.

You can do so through the online Smartfile Tax Exemption Application tool located on the County’s website, forsythco.com.

“We are excited to offer an entirely online option for residents to apply for these exemptions,” Kirkpatrick said. Of course, anyone can still apply for an exemption in person at the Board of Assessors office, but now residents can apply for exemptions from the comfort of home if they so choose.”

The homestead exemption is one way to reduce the amount of property tax paid on residential property.

In Forsyth County, if you own the property, reside on that property and are a legal resident of the County, all as of Jan. 1 of the tax year, you may qualify for the homestead exemption. Applications for exemptions can be filed year-round but must be sent in by April 1 to receive the benefits for that year.

Homeowners who are 65 years of age on or before Jan. 1 are entitled to a full exemption in the school general and school bond tax categories.

For more information on all tax exemptions as well as how to apply online or in-person, visit the Board of Assessors webpage.

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