Homestead exemption filing dates change

LAWRENCEVILLE - After a recent law changed the filing period for homestead exemption applications, county officials are already accepting applications for 2006.

The filing period for next year began June 1 and lasts until March 1, 2006.

For 2007 exemptions, property owners need to file from Jan. 2, 2006, through March 1, 2007. For exemptions after 2007, application filing periods will begin at the start of each calendar year preceding the year for which exemptions are applied.

Property owners already receiving an exemption and who had no ownership changes to their deed do not need to reapply, according to officials in the Tax Commissioner's Office.

Gwinnett County offers special homestead exemptions to eligible property owners and disabled and senior citizens. Special exemptions are based on age, disability and/or income.

If you believe you may qualify for a special exemption, please contact a customer service representative at 770-822-8800.

If a property owner refinances their home, that individual does not have to reapply for a homestead exemption. However, if the owner is correcting the spelling, deleting or adding a person's name to the warranty deed on a home, they must reapply.

The Gwinnett County tax commissioner collects property taxes for the cities of Berkeley Lake, Dacula, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Snellville and Sugar Hill. Property owners residing in these cities and who apply for a county exemption also will receive applicable city exemptions.