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Overview of Dekalb County, GA Taxes

DeKalb County, Georgia is home to over 700,000 residents. The diverse county is part of the Atlanta metro area. In fact, about 10% of the city of Atlanta is part of DeKalb County.

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    To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

Like property owners in other places around the country, DeKalb County residents who own homes and other properties are required to pay property taxes. The average effective property tax rate is 1.18%.

DeKalb County Property Tax Rates

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Property tax rates vary depending on where homeowners live. For example in the city of Dunwoody, which is located in the northern part of DeKalb County, the median home value is $354,800 and the average effective property tax rate is 1.16%. But in the city of Lithonia, which is located in the southeastern portion of DeKalb County, the median home value is $77,700 and the average effective property tax rate is 1.4%.

Wondering how much homeowners in DeKalb County end up paying for property taxes? Again, it varies. The median amount of real estate taxes paid by property owners in the city of Atlanta was $2,500. In Gresham Park, an area in the southwestern portion of DeKalb County, the median amount of real estate taxes paid in 2014 was $904.

CountyMedian Home ValueMedian Annual Property Tax PaymentAverage Effective Property Tax Rate
Atlanta$205,000$2,5001.22%
Avondale Estates$301,400$3,8241.27%
Belvedere Park$108,400$1,1781.09%
Brookhaven$365,000$4,1741.14%
Candler-McAfee$85,100$8240.97%
Chamblee$250,000$3,1541.26%
Clarkston$98,200$1,1821.20%
Decatur$350,400$5,6431.61%
Doraville$142,500$1,3740.96%
Druid Hills$457,500$5,2271.14%
Dunwoody$354,800$4,1021.16%
Gresham Park$104,700$9040.86%
Lithonia$77,700$1,0881.40%
North Decatur$237,900$2,9041.22%
North Druid Hills$302,100$3,4691.15%
Panthersville$85,400$8921.04%
Pine Lake$150,800$2,5061.66%
Redan$92,700$1,1431.23%
Scottdale$153,500$1,6041.04%
Stone Mountain$83,000$1,2081.46%
Tucker$213,900$2,4451.14%

In addition to real estate, property taxes are collected in DeKalb County from owners of heavy duty equipment, timber, public utilities and personal property. Once the Property Appraisal Department assesses the value of properties, the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s Office bills property owners and collects the taxes they owe.

DeKalb County Property Tax Breaks

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Tax relief is available for property owners who struggle to pay their property taxes. There are a number of exemptions that residents can use to reduce their DeKalb County property tax burden.

For example, homeowners may qualify for a homestead exemption if the house they own in DeKalb County is their primary residence on January 1 of any given year. As long as you meet that requirement, you can qualify for the basic homestead exemption regardless of your age or the size of your salary. If you’re eligible for the exemption, it’ll automatically apply to your property tax bill every year unless you move or you’re granted another exemption.

If you’re interested in claiming the homestead exemption, you’ll need to fill out an application. While you can submit it at any point during the year, it must be postmarked by April 1 if you want to use the exemption in the current tax year. You also have the option of submitting your homestead exemption application online by visiting the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s website.

DeKalb County residents who are at least 62 years old and taxpayers who are disabled may be eligible for a separate exemption. To qualify, you’ll need to visit the Tax Commissioner’s office and fill out an application in person. You’ll need to provide several different documents, including Social Security Form 1099s (if applicable) and income tax returns. If you’re disabled, you’ll need written proof of that.

Tax filers who receive a homestead exemption may also qualify for a property assessment freeze that can prevent the value of their properties from rising too much in the future (and possibly keep their property tax burden low). Just make sure you apply for this freeze by April 1. Other exemptions that DeKalb County offers include special exemptions for disabled veterans, widows of disabled veterans and surviving spouses of firefighters who lost their lives while working.

In addition to an exemption from DeKalb County, you may qualify for a local exemption from the city you live in. For example, residents of the city of Brookhaven may be granted a basic homestead exemption as well as a city assessment freeze. Seniors who are at least 65 years old may be able to receive a larger exemption.

Paying Your DeKalb County Property Taxes

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The DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s Office mails out property tax bills in August. Most property owners in DeKalb County can pay their property tax bills in two installments. If you live in the city of Atlanta, however, you can only pay your property tax bill in one installment that’s due on November 30.

For all other DeKalb County residents, the first installment is due on September 30 and the second installment is due on November 15. If you’d rather pay your entire property tax bill at one time, it’s due September 30.

It’s best to pay your property tax bill on time. Generally, if your payment isn’t postmarked by the deadline you’ll incur a 5% penalty. If you live in Atlanta, you’ll get hit with a 10% penalty beginning on January 1. You’ll also have to pay interest each month that your payment is late.

To pay your property tax bill, you can either mail in your payment or pay online. Your bank may also allow you to pay your property tax bill through its online bill pay service.

Property Tax: Which Counties are Getting the Best Bang for Their Buck

SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.

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Methodology

Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most for their property tax dollars. To do this we looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.

As a way to measure the quality of schools, we calculated the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the country. Within each state, these schools were then ranked between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on those average scores.

For each county, we calculated the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

Using the school and crime numbers, we calculated a community score. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.

We used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.

Finally, we calculated a tax value by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows us the counties in the country where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where their property tax dollars are going the furthest.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police or Justice Department websites