HOW IS MY PROPERTY TAX CALCULATED??
The answer to that question has several pieces of infomation that are taken into account. Read on to discover more...

How is Property Assessed?
The intent and purpose of the laws of this state are to have all property and subjects of taxation returned at the value which would be realized from the cash sale, but not the forced sale, of the property and subjects as such property and subjects are usually sold except as otherwise provided in this chapter. (O.C.G.A. 48-5-1) 
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In Georgia property is required to be assessed at 40% of the fair market value unless otherwise specified by law. (O.C.G.A. 48-5-7) 
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Historic Property
Historic property that qualifies for listing on the Georgia or National Register of Historic Places may qualify for preferential assessment, which shall extend to the building or structure, the real property on which the building or structure is located, and not more than two acres surrounding the building or structure.
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What is Ad Valorem tax?
Property tax is an ad valorem tax--which means according to value--based upon a person's wealth. Wealth is determined by the property a person owns. All real property and all personal property are taxable unless the property has been exempted by law. (O.C.G.A. 48-5-3) Real property is land and generally anything that is erected, growing or affixed to the land; and personal property is everything that can be owned that is not real estate.
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Special Assessment Programs
There are other special assessment programs available to property owners.
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Taxation on Timber
Standing timber is not taxed until sold or harvested, at which time it is taxed based upon 100 percent of its fair market value. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about the three types of sales and harvests that are taxable.

Taxation on Equipment, Machinery, and Fixtures
Equipment, machinery, and fixtures are assessed at 40 percent of fair market value.
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