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Hall taxpayers must file property returns by April 1
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From now through April 1, Hall County property owners can file a taxpayer return of real estate or a personal property reporting form. During that time, they can also file a for homestead exemptions and conservation use with the county Tax Assessors Office.

Reasons to file a taxpayer return of real estate or personal property reporting form are:

• To request a review of your real estate property appraisal.

• To report additions or deletions of buildings on your real estate property.

• To report new acquisitions of personal property, such as business equipment, boats or aircraft.

• To make sure existing personal property is depreciated properly.

• To report that you’ve sold your boat, business or aircraft to keep from getting erroneously taxed.

• To report new acquisitions to avoid a 10 percent non-filing penalty (for business, boats and aircraft personal property only).

Personal property reporting forms for businesses, boats and aircraft have been mailed to existing known owners. Real and personal property forms can be found at on the Tax Assessors Office page under “Forms and Applications” for those who haven’t received the forms via mail.

Forms must be received or postmarked by April 1 with the official United States Postal Service postmark to be considered timely.

Homestead exemptions, applicable only to a person’s primary residence, range from regular homestead exemptions to senior citizens homestead exemptions and special total school tax homestead exemptions and disabled veterans.

Due to the state millage rate being eliminated, the “extra homestead exemption for the elderly” no longer exists.

The conservation use covenant applies to property that is being used in a bona fide agriculture use. Not all properties qualify; however, covenants that are expiring must reapply by April 1.

A full list of exemptions is available at the Hall County Tax Assessors Office’s website or by calling 770-531-6720.

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