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The new system for taxing vehicles will only apply to a vehicle when the ownership of the vehicle is transferred through a title exchange. All other vehicle owners will continue to operate under the current system and pay the annual ad valorem taxes until they no longer own the vehicle.
Motor vehicles are subject to ad valorem tax as well. Recent legislation (March 1 2013) changed the taxation for newly purchased vehicles from an annual tax (sometimes called the “birthday tax”) to state and local title ad valorem tax, or TAVT. . Motor Vehilce Information
The document required as proof of transfer of tax liability is generally called an "Acknowledgment and Receipt of Settlement Statement." This document may state that the tax was prorated based on the estimated amounts prior to the release or receipt of the actual tax statement. It may also indicate who is responsible for any outstanding tax not paid at closing. The tax commissioner does not prorate tax between buyer and seller. This should be handled at the closing as well.
If the tax for the year in which the property was purchased goes unpaid, a tax lien is issued against the property. The law requires that a FIFA (tax lien) is to be recorded in the owner’s name as of January 1 unless proof is provided of the sale of the property (warranty deed) and proof of the transfer of the taxliability (closing papers or contract) within 90 days of the tax payment due date.
The tax commissioner does not prorate tax between buyer and seller. This should be handled at the closing as well. Even if tax is prorated at closing, it is wise to confirm it has been paid. If you have an escrow account, make sure that your mortgage company has paid the tax. You may find this information by access your statement online.
If this property is your primary residence, you may apply for a homestead exemption. You must own and occupy your property on January 1 of the tax year to receive the exemption.
You also may visit the main office at:2875 Browns Bridge RoadGainesville, GA 30503
Find more information about Dispossessory Proceedings from the Hall County Magistrate Court.
Once you have the writ you will then need to contact our office at 770-531-7090 to schedule the eviction. A fee of $25 will be billed to you for the eviction [this fee is set by state law, O.C.G.A. § 15-16-21 (b.)(12)].
A labor force of at least 2 people per bedroom for residential evictions is required. If you are aware that the house is "packed" (full of items) you should increase your labor force so that the eviction can be completed in 2 hours. We must know if any unhealthy conditions exist or may exist. Deputies do not assist in the physical removal of property.
The labor required for a business eviction will be determined on a case by case basis. We must know if any alcohol or cigarettes (for sale) are present (such as a bar or restaurant); flammables or hazardous materials; groceries; if the power has been turned off for a long time; if any unhealthy conditions exist or may exist. We also need to know generally what type of items will be found at the business, especially heavy or bulky items.
Our Civil Division handles the service of Temporary Protective Orders. The direct phone number is 770-531-7090. The Civil Division is located within the Hall County Courthouse on the ground floor.
Please note that the Sheriff's Office has nothing to do with this type of sale. It is a "non-judicial" sale that is done by an agent for the various law firms or mortgage holders that advertise the property. Each agent can be located in the Commission Meeting Room on the second floor of the Hall County Government Center, located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, conducting sales.
Just as is done with Sheriff's Sales, these sales are also held on the 1st Tuesday of the month, unless that day falls on a national holiday and then it is held on the day following the 1st Tuesday of the month. The sales are held during the legal hours of sale set by state law (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
A Writ of Possession for Personal Property requires that the plaintiff file an "Election of Option" form with the Clerk of Court where the Writ of Possession was issued. This tells us whether to seize and sell the property or to turn the property over to the plaintiff or the plaintiff's agent after we seize the property.
If the Hall County Probate Court issues an Order to Apprehend, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division will handle this type of order. For more information call the Warrant Division at 770-531-6907.
When there is a sale, it is held on the walkway in front of the Hall County Courthouse, 225 Green Street, Gainesville Georgia. The legal hours of sale are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sometimes a sale is held at a different location. If there is a different location, the complete address of the location where the sale will occur will be listed in the ad.
Unlike many retail stores, you can not return anything purchased at a Sheriff's Sale. Therefore all sales are final. You must pay with either cash or a cashier's check (official bank check). Unless you present a State of Georgia Sales Tax Exemption form at the time you make a purchase, you will be charged sales tax on all personal products. Sales tax on vehicles is based on where the purchaser lives, not the county where the vehicle is sold. There is no sales tax on real property (real estate).
Please see the Writ of Fieri Facias page for more information.
While most of these items in and of themselves are not illegal to possess, accumulation of these items, particularly in abundance or when purchased or kept together, are signs of clandestine methamphetamine production.
Investigators spend a great deal of time outside the office. This means calling for an appointment will be the most efficient manner to see the investigator who is assigned to your case in person. Also, please don't be discouraged if you receive his voice mail when you call; again, he is most likely in the field and will return your call as soon as possible.
There are also intelligence meetings among law enforcement agencies to compare the type of crimes occurring, how they occur and who is involved. This helps keep all agencies aware of the local criminals' activity; criminals do not obey jurisdictional lines between agencies. These are only a few of the steps that are taken during the course of an investigation, and of course the circumstances of each case will dictate what procedures will be effective.
Important notice: Metered mail will not be accepted as proof of a timely appeal. Only the USPS cancellation stamp will be considered when determining if an appeal letter mailed has been filed on time.