Charlton County maintains a stable tax environment and offers attractive incentives to new and existing businesses to encourage the creation of new jobs and investment. For Economic Development information please contact the Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce at (912) 496-2536 or email [email protected].
Ad Valorem Tax
Ad valorem tax, more commonly known as property tax, is a large source of revenue for governments in Georgia. The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value of the property, which is established at 40% of the fair market value. The amount of tax is determined by the tax rate (mill rate) levied by various entities (one mill is equal to $1 for each $ 1,000 of assessed value or .001).
Taxpayers are required to file at least an initial tax return for taxable property (both real and personal property) owned on January 1 of the tax year. In Charlton County, the time for filing returns is January 1 through April 1. This return is a listing of property owned by the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s declaration of the value of the property.
Once the initial tax return is filed, the law provides for an automatic renewal of that return each succeeding year at the value finally determined for the preceding year. The taxpayer is required to file a new return only as property is acquired, improvements are made to existing property, or other changes occur. A new return, filed during the return period, may also be made by the taxpayer to declare a different value from the existing value where the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the current value placed on the property by the Board of Tax Assessors. This serves the purpose of establishing the taxpayer’s appeal right if the Board of Tax Assessor change the declared value again.