In order to file a tax appeal, the Georgia Department of Revenue website instructs taxpayers to use the uniform PT-311A – Appeal of Assessment Form. Nearly every Georgia county tax assessors office website I visit, they provide a link to a tax appeal form.
Here is the kicker. Many counties I follow has a different variation of the PT-311A tax appeal form! Georgia Dept of Revenue (DOR) provides a uniform PT-311A Form but many counties change and modify the uniform PT-311A form.
Don’t believe me? Here are a few samples and you will see how potentially confusing it can be if you have never dealt with multiple Georgia counties tax assessor offices.
- Chatham County PT-311A Form
- Cobb County PT-311A Form
- Dekalb County PT-311A Form
- Forsyth County PT-311A Form
- Fulton County PT-311A Form
- Gwinnett County PT-311A Form
- Muscogee County PT-311A Form
Some counties, such as Macon’s Bibb County use the default PT-311A form and link directly to the Georgia Dept of Revenue’s uniform PT-311A Form. Other counties modify the default form slightly by adding their office name and contact information to the header. There are also Georgia counties, such as Fulton County and Chatham County, that choose to use a very different-looking and different-formatted PT-311A form.
The good news is that despite the variations and different formats of the Georgia PT-311A tax appeal form, they generally ask for the same information. In theory, every Georgia county should be using the same PT-311A tax appeal form. In practice, it doesn’t happen. Be prepared and don’t get caught off-guard by this.
Some Georgia property owners, especially real estate investors, might have investment properties located in different Georgia counties. For the last few years, through my personal and business relationships, I have had to deal with and file appeals in multiple Georgia counties. I make sure I download and use the preferred PT-311A tax appeal form that each county prefers.
Hence, the best thing to do is to visit the website of the tax assessor office’s that assessed your property and download the PT-311 tax appeal form that the county prefers and use it. Alternatively, contact the tax assessor’s office and have them email you a copy of their version of the PT-311A tax appeal form. Lastly, you can visit the tax assessors office and pick up a copy of a blank appeal form. If you do get a blank appeal form, make extra photocopies for yourself in case you make errors later in filling out the tax appeal form.