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The 2017 Property Tax Due Date Is December 1st, 2017

Banks County
Tax Commissioner

150 Hudson Ridge
Suite 7
Homer, Georgia 30547

(706) 677-6204

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

  Christy Tate
Tax Clerk
Danielle Ehrlich
Tax Clerk

Shirley Brownlee
Tax Clerk

Teresa Mason
Tax Clerk
Becky Carlan
Tax Commissioner
Becky Carlan, Tax Commissioner

The Banks County Tax Commissioner is an office established by the Georgia Constitution and elected for a four-year term.  The Tax Commissioner serves as an agent of the State Revenue Commissioner for the registration of motor vehicles and performs all functions related to billing, collecting, disbursing, and accounting for ad valorem taxes collected in this county on behalf of the State of Georgia, Banks County Commission, and the Banks County Board of Education.

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Driver's License
A Georgia driver's license is required as personal identification when you title or register or make other changes to your account. Georgia Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division uses the Georgia driver's license number as an account number so that all vehicles owned or leased by an individual can be consolidated in one account.  Contact the Georgia Department of Driver Services for drivers license information
Out of State Vehicle Registration
Please note that vehicles new to the State and newly acquired vehicles must be registered within 30 days of the day you move to Georgia or the day you purchase the vehicle, respectively.  Out-of-state tags expire 30 days after you move to Georgia, regardless of the date shown on the tag. Only two exceptions: non-resident military personnel and full-time college students.

Vehicle Registration
The Tax Commissioner is responsible for the registration of motor vehicles and the collection of all registration fees, taxes and penalties specified by Georgia law. Ad valorem taxes, if due, are collected when the vehicle is registered.
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The ad valorem tax, more commonly called property tax, is the primary source of revenue for local governments in Georgia. Ad valorem means "according to value." 

The millage rate is a determining factor in the calculation of your taxes. (A mill is 1/10 of 1 cent or $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.) The millage rate multiplied by the 40% assessed value determines the amount of taxes you owe. All property taxes are calculated in the same way for home, auto and personal property.

The Banks County Board of Commissioners sets the millage rate for county taxes, the Banks County Board of Education sets the millage rate for county school taxes and the city authorities determine the rate for city taxes.

The Banks County Board of Tax Assessors, which is appointed by the Banks County Board of Commissioners, assesses all property for tax purposes. Assessments are by law based upon 40% of the fair market value as of January 1 each year. This assessment is multiplied by the millage rate. If there is an increase in the assessment or the millage rate then there may be an increase in property taxes.

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City Taxes:
In addition, cities collect their own city taxes. For tax information, contact the city tax department directly thru the links below.
Timber Tax: The ad valorem tax, more commonly called property tax, is the primary source of revenue for local governments in Georgia. Ad valorem means "according to value." 

Standing timber is assessed for ad valorem taxation only once, at the time of harvest or sale, separate and apart from the underlying land. Such timber is assessed at 100% of its fair market value.

All timber harvests or sales must be reported in the county where the timber was grown to either the Tax Commissioner's or the Tax Assessors' Office, depending on the type of transaction. The tax is paid to the Tax Commissioner of that county. Timber tax is collected in the accounting department where the timber deeds are stamped so they can be recorded in the Superior Court Clerk's Office.

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