There have been changes in the administration of ad valorem property tax effective for year 2011. They include, but are not limited to, changes in the definition of market value, the sending of assessment notices and part of the appeal process.
“The importance of, or the method of, the filing of a return has not changed,” said Henry Williams, Jackson County’s chief tax appraiser. “In fact, it is probably more important to the property owner now than it was before that you file a property tax return.”
The return must be filed between the dates of January 1 and April 1 of the taxable year. The return can be filed by coming into the tax assessor’s office and filling out the form.
The person at the counter will print the taxpayer a partially pre-printed form and assist in completing the rest of the form and an appraiser will be available to answer questions.
Taxpayers can also go to the web site, qpublic.net/ga/Jackson/, and go to form PT 50R and get a blank form and fill it out and either mail or fax it to the tax assessor’s office. The mailing address is: 67 Athens Street, Jefferson, Ga. 30549. The fax number is 706-367-5349.
“I recommend either mail or come in to the office in person,” Williams said. “We do the best we can, but sometimes the faxes get misplaced.”
When filling out the form, it is very important to give the address both of the property and your mailing address, Williams said, as well as listing the size of the land and description of the improvement, the previous year’s value and the current year’s value.
“Be sure to sign and date the form,” Williams said. “If you do not file your return before April 1 of the tax year, then on April 1, the tax assessors will file one for you at the same value as the property was assessed for the previous year. This will be your legal and binding return value for the current year.”
Basically what is being said is that your property is being appraised at more than its worth and the county knows this, however if you want jump through hoops and play the counties games you will be able to pay what your rates should be.
When will we Georgia Residents rise up to bring an end government taxation of our personal property and or land. If we don't pay them they will steal our property and force us at gun point, into the streets & even then jail us should we resist their oppression and attempt to protect ourselves. Even though they have taxed us in this method for what may seem forever, it is not beyond the realm of possibility, that they should collect their taxes only at the cash register, in the form of a sales tax and never again crush the throats of Georgia citizens with this unjust property tax !
We must start at the ballot box and dethrone the incumbents and replace them with the whom think of the people first and not consider just funding and enlarging the governments budget and their powers over us.