Frequently asked questions from City of Savannah

How do I contact my county tax official about my property tax bill or property tax assessment?

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The Local Government Services Division maintains a web page that gives contact information and taxation procedures for that county. The County Property Tax Facts website provides more information about which tax official to contact with your property tax questions. The county tax commissioner's office is the best source of information for questions about: paying your tax bill filing for homestead exemptions (or the tax assessor in some counties) receiving property tax returns (or the tax assessors in some counties) registration of your motor vehicle purchasing tax liens collecting recording intangible tax (in most counties the Clerk of Superior Court collects this tax) The county tax assessor's office is the best source of information for questions about: filing an appeal of your property tax assessment the appraised value on your home (see question below about property values on the web) filing homestead exemptions (or the tax commissioner in some counties) receiving property tax returns (or the tax commissioner in some counties) maintaining property tax records and maps for the county

When are property taxes due?

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Property taxes are normally due December 20 in most counties, but some counties may have a different due date. Taxpayers have 60 days from the date of billing to pay their property taxes. The county tax commissioner is responsible for collecting property taxes for the county, school and state. For questions about billing you should contact the county tax commissioner. For questions about the valuation on your property you should contact the county board of tax assessors.

Can I get a refund of property taxes I paid this year since I sold my house and moved out-of-state?

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If you owned property on January 1, you are responsible for the ad valorem tax for the entire year even if you sell the property on January 2. Georgia law does not allow a refund for partial year residents.

What information should I have to file a claim in the State of Georgia?

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To file an unemployment insurance claim in the State of Georgia, you should have:

ALL INDIVIDUALS: A copy of your valid government-issued picture identification and Employer Separation Notice, if you were given one. 

PRIOR MILITARY PERSONNEL: At least one of the following: most recent DD-214 Member 4, “orders to report”, “orders of release”, military earnings and leave statement, and/or W-2 form(s) from your most recent military service. 

PRIOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Standard Form 50, Standard Form 8, W-2 form, or pay stubs (if you worked for the federal government at any time during the last 18 months). 

UNION MEMBERS: Union card (if you are a member of a union that assists you in finding employment). 

DISASTER AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS: A copy of your most recently completed income tax return or quarterly estimated income tax payment record(s), if applying for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and you are self-employed or a farmer. 

NON-CITIZENS: A copy of the front and back of your Employment Authorization Document.

How do I qualify for unemployment insurance benefits in Georgia?

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There are several qualification requirements for UI claims in Georgia, but these three are critical:

  • You must have earned enough money in the base period to set up a claim.
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • You must be able to work, be available for work, and be actively seeking work each week you claim benefits.

How long must I have worked to establish a claim in Georgia?

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Your claim is based on insured wages earned in the base period, which is the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed at the time you file your claim. You must have earned qualifying wages in at least two of the four quarters in the base period. The total wages in the base period must equal or exceed one and one-half times the wages in the highest quarter. A secondary calculation will be made when the sole reason that a claim cannot be established is the one and one-half times requirement. An alternative base period consisting of the most recently completed four calendar quarters will be used only when a claim cannot be established using the regular base period.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Who should healthcare providers contact to report a patient infected with COVID-19?

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Healthcare providers who suspect COVID-19 infection in a patient should report them immediately to DPH by calling 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) and ask for a Medical Epidemiologist.