Frequently Asked Questions
Senior exemptions (L3, L4) saves you an additional $50.00-$60.00. (Must be 62. This is only a small portion of the school tax)
The school tax exemption (qualifying seniors aged 65+) saves the entire school portion of your tax bill. (Line 15 off state taxes must be $40k or less).
The Scarlett-Williams (L5 Exemption) freezes 40% of the the market value of your property for your qualifying year. It does not freeze the entire bill and is a part of the homestead exemption package.
This exemption is designed to ensure that residents are protected from property value hikes without justification.
If you qualify, you will be exempt from paying the full school tax portion of your tax bill.
Applicants(s) will need to bring a valid Glynn County Driver's License or picture I.D. with the current property address and date of birth for proof of age.
Any person named as having "life Estate" (even if their name is not listed as owner) and that person resides at the property, he or she is allowed all homestead exemptions they qualify for as long as they apply by the April 1st deadline of any year.
If another person owns the property as a dependent, joint tenant or joint tenant with rights of survivorship and lives on the property as his or her primary residence, the property will continue to receive the homestead exemption.
However, for income based exemptions, if you income changes you need to notify the Glynn County Tax Commissioner's Office.
If you reach a different age bracket (62+, 65+) you do need to re-apply in order to receive additional exemptions based on age and income.
Property tax bills are mailed in September. Payment is generally due November 15. If you do not receive a bill by November 1st, you can obtain a copy online.
For more information, visit our Payment Options page.
Taxes not paid by the due date will accrue a 5% penalty plus additional interest each month until paid in full.
No, the Tax Commissioner does not prorate taxes or become involved in the proration of taxes between a seller and buyer. Taxes are calculated for the entire year.
Liability for taxes is established during the closing of the sale of property; generally speaking, the purchaser assumes this liability. Your closing paperwork will reflect who is responsible for the payment of taxes. Since taxes legally attach to the property, the current owner should ensure that taxes are paid.
Tax sales are held on the first Tuesday of each month in which a sale is planned. If the first Tuesday falls on a holiday, the sale will take place on the first Wednesday.
Tax sales take place online through GovEase and bidders must be registered and vetted before 3 p.m. the day before the sale.
Check out our Delinquent Tax page for more information.
Properties available at the current tax sale can be found in the Brunswick News Classifieds every Saturday for four weeks prior to the sale.
Certain classifications of tangible real property may qualify for preferential assessment provided they meet the criteria specified by Georgia law.
These classifications are:
- Preferential Assessment
- Rehabilitated Historic Property
- Landmark Historic Property
- Residential Transitional Property
- Conservation Use Property
- Forest Land
Contact the Tax Assessors Office for more information.
Generally, you will encounter 4 main types of deeds:
- Recorded Warranty Deed
- A warranty deed is the most common type of deed. With this deed, you are guaranteed that the title, your right to own the property, is in good standing.
- You will be given a warranty deed in most property purchases from real estate agents.
- Quitclaim Deed
- A quitclaim deed does not offer any guarantee that the title to the property is in good standing.
- If you transfer a property into your name using one of these deeds, there may still be a loan on the property.
- You will usually see a quitclaim deed when transferring property to a family member or your business’s name.
- Deed of Assent
- A deed of assent is used when you inherit a property from a deceased person. Unlike other deeds, you must pay any loans attached to the property before you receive the deed.
- Executor’s Deed
- Like a deed of assent, an executor’s deed is used when an estate transfer’s property to you.
If you do not know which kind of deed you need, contact an attorney so they can help you with the transfer. When you fill out a deed, you must record it with the Clerk of Superior Court’s Office.
TAVT stands for Title Ad Valorem Tax.
Any vehicle purchased from a dealer or individual on or after March 1, 2013, is subject to a one-time TAVT based on the value of the vehicle. The TAVT replaces the Annual Ad Valorem Tax (AVT) and the sales and use tax on most vehicles titled in Georgia.
based on the fair market value as determined by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR).
For new vehicles, the value is the retail selling price less any reduction for the trade-in value of another motor vehicle and any rebate.
Once the value is established, TAVT is calculated by multiplying the value by the current year’s TAVT percentage. The percentage rates are as follows:
- From Jan. 1, 2020 through Jun. 30, 2023, the rate is 6.6% for current residents.
- For new Georgia residents registering their vehicle(s) in Georgia for the first time, the rate is 3%.
- The rate may be adjusted in the future, but it will never exceed 9%. If increased, the rate is set by the DOR Commissioner and published by August 31.
values from multiple assessment manuals.
If you purchased your vehicle before March 1, 2013, you will pay a yearly tax, or AVT at the time of registration renewal.
dealer is required to remit the TAVT payment.
If you purchase from a dealership, the TAVT and any other fees are usually collected at the time of purchase and sent to our office for processing. Generally, there is nothing more you need to do. You can contact our office 2-3 weeks after purchase to inquire about the status of your registration.
If you purchase from an individual with an out-of-state title, you will be responsible for paying TAVT, title fees, and registration fees at the county you live in. You MUST have an ID with a Glynn County address.
Spouses, Parents, Grandparents, or siblings can transfer vehicles with a reduced tax rate by supplying a signed and notarized MV-16 form. This form does not apply to extended family, such as cousins, aunts and uncles, or nieces and nephews.
If the previous owner paid the annual Ad Valorem Tax, you can continue to pay AVT or pay the applicable TAVT.
• If the previous owner already paid the new TAVT, you must pay the TAVT in an amount
equal to 1/2 of 1% of the fair market value.
• An ‘immediate family member’ is defined as spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or
• A notarized affidavit, (MV-16) to support the relationship is also required.
If the previous owner already paid the TAVT, you must pay TAVT in amount equal to 0.05% of the fair market value.
An affidavit to support the relationship will also be required.
All other inheritance rules apply.
If you chose to purchase the vehicle at the end of your lease, you will be required to pay tax again.
For donated vehicles the following items will need to be submitted:
- Bill of Sale showing the vehicle was donated.
- MV-31 affidavit for non-profit organization
- 501-C Status Letter
This really depends on your dealership and how they decide to process your title work. Sometimes dealers purchase new tags on your behalf, and they are mailed to you. In some cases dealers expect you to purchase your own tag from our office.
When in doubt, ask your dealer how they chose to handle your tag. If your temporary tag will expire soon, you can contact our office and we will let you know what to do next.
Keep in mind that the title work can take up to 4 weeks, so you won't be able to get a new tag right away.
Although you are free to keep your tag, and use it on another vehicle in the future, you still need to cancel your registration.
You can cancel your registration in our office, or on our eservices website here.
As long as your vehicle has insurance, you do not have to cancel your registration. However, if you drop your insurance for any reason, and do not cancel your registration first, you will receive an insurance lapse suspension penalty.
Yes! Although you don't need insurance to have a vehicle titled in your name, if you wish to have it registered and receive a tag it must be insured.
Learn how to fill out the back of a title by clicking here.
Read through our Types of Title Transfer page to determine which situation applies to you, and learn about what documents you need.
Then, bring your paperwork, including the original title (and proof of insurance if you plan on registering) to our office.
Keep in mind, we do not accept title work after 4:30 p.m.