Homestead Exemptions

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATION (click for a blank Homestead Exemption Application) You may also obtain an application from our office pre-printed with your information.

 

To qualify for homestead exemption, you must own and occupy your home on January 1st of that tax year. This home must be your primary place of residence (181 days or more) and you must not claim a homestead exemption anywhere else. As long as the name on your property remains the same and you do not move (address changes), then you are not required to re-apply each year. Applications are made at the TAX COMMISSIONERS OFFICE (tag office) located in Richmond Hill and Pembroke. Tax payers who change from one homestead exemption classification to a different classification (such as turning age 65 for example)  must re-apply.

  • Effective 1 Jan 2007 Bryan County offers a $50,000 local exemption to County, City, and School Board Ad Valorem taxes for Individuals age 65 and older .  This exemption is subtracted from the assessed amount of the property (40% of the appraised value). This essentially means that the first $125,000 of the Appraised Value of the homesteaded property is not subject to taxes. Applicants must still  meet the qualification requirements shown in the preceding paragraph.
  •  Effective 1 Jan 2007 Bryan County offers a $30,000 local exemption to the County; and City portion of Ad Valorem taxes for individuals under age 65. This exemption does not apply to the school board portion of Ad Valorem taxation. Applicants must still meet the qualification requirements listed above.
  • Regular state homestead exemption- (no age requirements) is $2000 off 40% assessed value.
  • Age 65 state exemptions for Net income less than $10,000 - must be 65 on January 1st of that tax year.
  • Proof of age and previous year's income required. Total household gross income must be less than $10,000 (this includes all sources of income). Proof of age and previous year's income required. 100% off the state portion of Ad Valorem Taxes up to 10 contiguous acres of land and $4,000 on the balance of the assessed value. The state portion is 0.25 mils.
  • Age 62 exemptions net income less than 10,000   Total household gross income must be less than $10,000 (this includes all sources of income). Proof of age and previous year's income required. 100% off the state portion of Ad Valorem Taxes up to 10 contiguous acres of land and $2,000 on the balance of the assessed value. The state portion is 0.25 mils.
  • Disabled veteran - Letter required- Essentially,this exemption is $50,000 off the assessed value (40% of appraised value) and applies to state, county, city, and school board taxes. Un remarried surviving spouses receive the same exemption.
  • Un remarried Surviving Spouse of U.S. Service Member killed in action - Letter required- Essentially,this exemption is $50,000 off the assessed value (40% of appraised value) and applies to state, county, city, and school board taxes.
  • Un remarried Surviving Spouse of of a firefighter or peace officer killed in action - 100% of all Ad Valorem taxes.
  • Floating exemption for 65 and over - This exemption essentially freezes property values. However, this exemption is in lieu of all other exemptions and therefore may or may not be more advantageous to a property owner. Please call the  office for more information.