2014 Holiday Schedule
View Walton County's 2014 Holiday Schedule.
New - HB 386 - Effective March 1, 2013
House Bill 386, passed during the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, creates significant changes regarding the taxation of motor vehicles. Most importantly, vehicles purchased and titled on or after March 1, 2013 will no longer be subject to sales tax or the annual ad valorem tax, but instead will be subject to a one-time State and local Title Ad Valorem Tax Fee (TAVT). Similarly, vehicles purchased on or after January 1, 2012 but prior to March 1, 2013 will have the ability to "opt-in" to the new TAVT system from March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014. Generally, all other vehicles will remain subject to annual ad valorem taxes. This new title law applies to individual (casual) sales as well as to dealer sales.
To opt in to the new system, you must present your bill of sale and driver's license.
If you are thinking about buying or trading for another vehicle and you would like to get an estimate of the new Title Ad Valorem tax, you can go to the state's Title Ad Valorem Tax Calculator.
2009 Update: Homeowners' Tax Relief Grant
The HTRC (Homeowners' Tax Relief Credit) is the result of the homeowner's tax relief enacted by the Governor and the General Assembly of the State of Georgia in 1999. The grant, appropriated by the General Assembly and the Governor for the last several years to counties, cities and schools, had given tax relief to homeowners in the form of a credit on their tax bills. For the 2009 tax year, the Governor and General Assembly did not fund the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant. Declining state revenues during the current recession means there is no money for the State to give the tax relief to homeowners. Therefore, there will not be a credit for this grant on 2009 tax bills on properties with homestead exemption. According to legislation passed in 2009 (House Bill 143), the grant will only be made available in the future if state revenues grow at least 3% plus the rate of inflation. As a result, many Georgia homeowners will see a property tax increase of $200 to $300 on their 2009 tax bills.