Disabled Veteran Homestead Exemption

One of the ways we honor those who have been injured while serving our country is through the disabled veteran homestead exemption.  Disabled Veterans qualify for a significant reduction in their property tax bill on their home.  They must complete an application with the county tax commissioner, provide the final disability determination letter from the VA and other documents which prove they reside in the home where they are claiming this exemption.

House Bill 196 was signed by Governor Deal in April of 2017 and became effective July 1st that same year. While the bill amends several sections of Chapter 5 of Title 48 in the Georgia Code, one of the amendments allows disabled veterans to receive a refund for property taxes they paid while they were disabled. House Bill 196 provides that if a veteran receives a final disability determination from the VA, which includes a retroactivity provision, they may receive a refund on their property taxes. However, a qualifying veteran may only receive a refund for the three years preceding their application for the homestead exemption.

If all proper documentation is provided by a disabled veteran, the county will then determine the proper amount to be refunded and will convey this to the tax commissioner who will then pay out the refund to the disabled veteran taxpayer.

A copy of House Bill 196 can be found here.

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