(706) 453-7716     info@greenecountyga.gov

Tax Commissioner

 URGENT NOTICE!!!

The Tax Commissioner’s office will no longer be able to provide personal services at the office, due to the Governors order in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents can mail their registrations into the office, renew online or leave in the drop box located at the office. Should residents decide to leave renewals in the drop box the decals will be mailed back to the customers. Employees will be in the office to process the transactions. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call.

See the attached bulletin regarding an extension for Georgia motorists who purchased a used motor vehicle in a private sale (sales not involving a licensed motor vehicle broker or dealer) on March 16, 2020 or later to have a license plate until after May 15, 2020.  Private Sales Exemption Bulletin (pdf)

In addition, see the attached bulletin announcing that the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is extending motor vehicle registrations for Georgia residents that would expire on or after March 16, 2020. MVD is automatically extending those registrations through and including Friday, May 15, 2020. Extension of Motor Vehicle Registrations Bulletin (pdf)

***We do not report tax information to mortgage companies.***

December 1st is the due date for Property Taxes unless it falls on weekend or holiday. In such cases, property taxes are due the next business day.


Other Links

Greene County Tax Assessor (Qpublic)
Greene County Delinquent Property Tax Listings
Georgia State Department of Revenue
Georgia Department of Driver Services
Title Tax Information 

Candace Lawson, Tax Commissioner 

Phone: (706) 453-3358
Fax: (706) 453-1776
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Address: 1034 Silver Drive, Suite 101, Greensboro, GA 30642

Primary Responsibilities

The responsibility of the Tax Commissioner's Office is to bill and collect ad valorem taxes due on:

  • Motor Vehicles,
  • Real and Personal Property,
  • Utilities,
  • Timber,
  • and Mobile Homes.

As an agent for the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles, this office also issues tags and renewal decals for all Greene County residents' vehicles.

Ad valorem tax, more commonly known as property tax, is a large source of revenue for local governments in Georgia. The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value of the property, which is established by January 1 of each year. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property. By law, assessed value is established at 40 percent of fair market value. The amount of tax is determinded by the tax rate (mill rate) levied by various entities (one mill is equal to $1.00 for each $1,000 of assessed value or .001)

Several distinct entities are involved in the ad valorem tax process:

The County Tax Commissioner, an office established by the Constitution and elected in all counties except two, is the official responsible for:

  • receiving tax returns filed by taxpayers or designating the Board of Tax Assessors to receive them;
  • receiving and processing applications for homestead exemption;
  • serving as an agent of the State of Revenue Commissioner for the registration of motor vehicles;
  • and performing all functions relating to the billing, collecting, disbursing, and accounting for ad valorem taxes collected in the county.

The County Board of Tax Assessors, appointed for fixed terms by the County Commissioners, in all counties except one, is responsible for determining taxability, or the appraisal, assessment, and the equalization of all assessments within the county.

Two general types of specialized or preferential assessment programs are available for owners of certain types of property. 

One of these programs authorizes assessment at 30 percent rather than 40 percent of fair market value for certain agricultural properties being used for bona fide agricultural purpose.

The second type of preferential program is the Conservation Use program which provides that certain agricultural properties, timber land property, environmentally sensitive property or residential transitional property is to be valued and assessed for ad valorem tax purposes at its current use value rather than its fair market value.

Each of these specialized or preferential programs requires the property owner to make a covenant with the Board of Tax Assessors to maintain the property in its qualified use for at least 10 years in order to qualify for the preference. The Board of Tax Assessors can explain the ownership and use restrictions regarding property qualifiying for either of these programs.

Other Land Assessment Programs that are available:

  • Landmark Historical
  • Residential Transitional
  • Environmentally Sensitive
  • Brownfield

 

Upcoming Events

Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting

July 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
To view the meeting agenda, click here.

Airport Authority Board Meeting

July 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Meetings are open to the public.