Interactive: How to read your tax assessment and appeal forms

By Mandi Albright and David Wickert

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It's tax assessment time in metro Atlanta and the AJC wants to help you better understand your tax assessment notice. We also hope to make learning about your county's appeals process easier. Bookmark this page as a go-to resource for easily accessing your county's tax assessment information, general terminology and forms. Click here for the Department of Revenue’s complete list of Georgia county tax officials and their contact informationNOTE: This page was last updated April 8, 2016

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What's in my annual notice of assessment?

All counties in Georgia use a standardized form when sending out annual property tax assessment notices, so the document you receive from your county should generally look like the non-specific form below. The document shown below is the standard Georgia Department of Revenue tax assessment form designated for use by all Georgia counties. For even more information, visit the Department of Revenue's County Property Tax Facts website or view the state's Property Tax Guide. Hover over the interactive graphic below to view individual elements included on your annual tax assessment notice. 

 


 


When will my assessment be mailed?

Some metro counties have already sent out their residential property tax assessments. Others have yet to do so. Here's a list of metro Atlanta counties and their 2015 mailout dates. 2016 dates may be different. Click on each county name to visit the county tax assessor's website. 


What's in my appeal of tax assessment form?

Georgia counties also use a standardized tax assessment appeals form, so the document you receive from your county should generally look like the non-specific form below. The document shown below is the standard Georgia Department of Revenue tax assessment form designated for use by all Georgia counties. For even more information, read the Department of Revenue's County Property Tax Guide for Georgia Citizens. Hover over the interactive graphic below to view individual elements included on your tax assessment appeals form.

-- Source: Georgia Department of Revenue


How long do I have to appeal my assessment?

All counties must allow taxpayers 45 days from the date of the assessment notice to file an appeal. Since counties don’t necessarily mail every notice on the same day, remember that your 45-day appeal period starts from the date on your individual notice. Click on each county name below to learn more about your county's appeals process. This list is simply a guide to general final appeal dates around metro Atlanta. These dates are from 2015. 2016 dates may vary.