The County Board of Tax Assessors, appointed for fixed terms by the county commissioners in all Georgia counties except one, is responsible for determining taxability: the appraisal, assessment, and the equalization of all assessments within the county.
Assessors are required by law to pass a state examination and complete a continuing education program consisting of 40 hours of formal classroom instruction with a passing grade of 70%. They must successfully complete at least 40 hours of approved appraisal courses during every two years of their tenure as a member of the county board of tax assessors.
Notifications to Taxpayers
The board notifies taxpayers when changes are made to the value of any property, receives and reviews all appeals filed, and ensures that the appeal process proceeds properly. In addition, the board approves all exemptions claimed by the taxpayer.
The Board of Tax Assessors is not responsible for:
- Calculating Taxes
- Collecting Taxes
- Determining Tax Rates
Value Not Taxes
The Assessors are concerned with value, not taxes. Taxing jurisdictions such as schools, cities and counties adopt budgets after public hearings. This determines the tax levy, which is the rate of taxation required to raise the money budget.
Tax Assessors Website
The Board of Tax Assessors website is maintained separately and independently from Dade County. The website contains additional information about taxes and exemptions.
The Deadline to file homestead and agricultural exemptions is April first of each year.
To qualify for any aged based exemptions, you must be that age by January 1st.
Required documentation to qualify for homestead exemptions is the following: 1) Valid Georgia driver's license that shows current residential address, 2) Receipt of Dade County car registration, 3) If the exemption is an income based exemption, proof of all income (Earned, Social Security, Retirement, etc.) 4) Other information may be required as deemed necessary by the Board of assessors to prove qualification.