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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Unpaid property tax bills to incur 10 percent penalty on March 1

March 1 is the last day to pay property tax in full before incurring the state-mandated 10 percent penalty on 2015 property tax. On March 2, the 10 percent penalty will be added to any unpaid principle amount. Additionally, state statute also adds 1 percent interest on unpaid principle starting on the due date (Dec. 1) and continues monthly until property tax is paid in full.

"Our tax bills are mailed Oct. 1 and are due Dec. 1 each year. We make many efforts to remind taxpayers of due dates. We have already mailed reminder letters, but further collection efforts could result in the taxpayer facing additional fees and costs," said Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden. "Our office accepts partial payments, and we do encourage taxpayers to make as many payments as needed to pay off the balance; however, penalties and interest continue to accrue on the outstanding balance."

Any account with an outstanding balance will be subject to a lien; therefore the Tax Commissioner's office encourages full payment of any outstanding balance as soon as possible.

The Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If there are any questions or if assistance is needed, please contact the Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office by phone at 770-531-6950, fax to 770-531-7111 or email propertytax@hallcounty.org.

Posted Jan. 8, 2016

Deadline for Taxpayer Returns of Real & Personal Property, other exemptions is April 1

Jan. 1 – April 1 is the time period for Hall County property owners to file a Taxpayer Return of Real Estate, Personal Property Reporting Form or file for Homestead Exemptions and Conservation Use with the Hall County Board of Assessors Office. Reasons to file a Real Property Tax Return or Personal Property Reporting Form are as follows:

Reasons to file a Taxpayer Return of Real Property or Personal Property Reporting Form:
• To request a review of your real estate property appraisal
• To report additions or deletions of buildings on your real estate property
• To report new acquisitions of personal property, such as business equipment, boats or aircraft
• To make sure existing personal property is depreciated properly
• To report that you’ve sold your boat, business, or aircraft to keep from getting erroneously taxed
• To report new acquisitions to avoid a 10 percent non-filing penalty (for business, boats and aircraft personal property only)

Personal Property Reporting Forms for businesses, boats and aircraft have been mailed to existing known owners. Real and Personal Property forms can be found at hallcounty.org on the Hall County Tax Assessors Office’s page under “Forms and Applications” for those who have not received the forms via mail. Forms must be received or postmarked by April 1 with the official USPS postmark in order to be considered timely.

Homestead Exemptions
The time period for applying for Homestead Exemptions is also Jan. 1 – April 1. Homestead Exemptions are only applicable to a person’s primary residence. There are various exemptions ranging from Regular Homestead Exemptions to Senior Citizens Homestead Exemptions and special Total School Tax Homestead Exemptions and Disabled Veterans.

Due to the state millage rate being eliminated, the “Extra Homestead Exemption for Elderly” no longer exists. Since state property tax has been totally eliminated, there is no need to give an exemption for it. A complete list of exemptions can be found on the Hall County Tax Assessors Office’s web page or by calling 770-531-6720.

Conservation Use Covenant
The Conservation Use Covenant applies to property that is being used in a bona fide agriculture use. Not all properties qualify; however, those covenants that are expiring must reapply on or before April 1, 2016 to continue receiving the full benefits of the covenant. Those that are applying for the first time can apply at this time or during the 45-day appeal period when notices are mailed.

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  1. Darla Eden
    Darla Eden, CPA

    Tax Commissioner
    Email - Motor Vehicle
    Email - Property Tax

    Information Phone: 770.531.6950

    Physical Address
    2875 Browns Bridge Road - 1st Floor
    Gainesville, GA 30504
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    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 1579
    Gainesville, GA 30503

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    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.