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Last Chance: File for Homestead Exemptions

Today is the last day to file for homestead exemptions for the 2012 tax year.

We continue our new series titled “Last Chance.” Each week, we will find something readers in our area have one more chance to take care of before it’s too late.

And today we remind you if you have not filed for homestead exemptions for the 2012 tax year – your last chance is today, April 2.

There are several exemptions available to qualifying homeowners including the following two common exemptions:

  • The regular homestead exemption reduces the gross assessment that is applied to certain portions of the mileage rate by $8,000. The regular homestead grants an $8,000 reduction to your assessed value against the County M & O and the Fire portion of the mileage rate. This is a special local exemption. The school and state portion of the mileage rate will be reduced by $2,000 per the state allowed homestead exemption.
  • Homeowners who are 65 years of age on or before January 1 are entitled to a full exemption in the school general and school bond tax categories. You must furnish proof of age when you apply.

Other types of homestead exemptions can be found on the Forsyth County Web site.

While you can file for Homestead Exemption year-round, the deadline to file has been extended to Monday, April 2, 2012.

For more information visit the Forsyth County Tax Assessor’s Office located at 110 E. Main Street, Suite 260 in downtown Cumming [Forsyth County Administration Building] or call 770.781.2106.

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