Welcome to The Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner Website

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This site has been prepared to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a property owner. You will find answers to frequently asked questions and find general information regarding taxation in Macon-Bibb County. Please remember that this website cannot cover the many and complex laws and should not be relied on as a legal source of information.

Whether you are a new resident or have been in our county for some time, my goal is to fulfill my responsibility as your Tax Commissioner in a fair and equitable manner. Please feel free to contact this office if you have any questions on the information addressed on this site.

Sincerely,

Wade McCord

BIOGRAPHY

S. Wade McCord
Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner

Wade was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Oxford, Georgia. Wade attended Newton County Public Schools and graduated from Newton County Comprehensive High school.

Wade started in the Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s office in 1995 as the Assistant Deputy of Collections. He assisted with the day-to-day management of the Collections Department with duties of managing the County’s Bankruptcy caseload, coordinated all “field” collections and conducted the sale of levied property. In 2000, Wade was promoted to the position of the Manager of the Farmers’ Market Tax/Tag Office on Eisenhower Parkway. He managed the day to day operation of the office which provided service to 60% of the walk-in taxpayers in Bibb County. Wade was again promoted in 2005 to Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner after the election of Mr. Thomas W. Tedders, Jr. He served as Chief Deputy for 10 years managing the daily operations of the Tax Commissioner’s Office. Wade became Tax Commissioner on September 1, 2015 upon the retirement of Mr. Tedders and won the seat in the general election of 2016.

Wade has 30 plus years of military service that consisted of active duty Army and Georgia Army National Guard. He was assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Wade deployed to many areas of the world to include Central and South America and the Middle East. Wade left active duty and joined the Georgia Army National Guard where he served in many leadership roles with his final assignment being the Command Sergeant Major of the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. Wade has been awarded the Expert Marksmanship Badge in multiple weapons, Jordanian Jump Wings, U.S. Airborne Wings, Expert Field Medical Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Army Ranger Tab. Wade’s military medals include multiple federal service and state active duty ribbons to include three Meritorious Service Medals, the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.

Wade holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Georgia College and State University with dual majors in Political Science and Criminal Justice and a minor in Public Administration. Wade earned a Certificate of Government Management from the Carl Vinson School of Government, University of Georgia and he is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

Wade has been active in the community since moving to Macon. He is a current member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is a past board member and President of The Exchange Club of Macon and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia.

Property & Garbage

Our office bills, collects, and distributes ad valorem property taxes for:

  • Real property
  • Personal property (boats, planes, equipment, and inventory)
  • Heavy duty equipment
  • Mobile homes
  • Public utilities
  • Timber

We calculate the amount due for property tax statements based on the assessed property value, as determined by the Tax Assessors, and the millage rate, as set by the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education. In addition, our office is responsible for preparing the tax digest for submission to the state each year.

All revenue collected is distributed to the State of Georgia, Macon-Bibb County and the Board of Education.


CALCULATING TAX | MILLAGE RATES

Property tax is the primary source of revenue for local governments. Property tax is an ad valorem tax. Ad valorem means "according to value."

The Board of Commissioners is responsible for setting the county budget using the property tax assessments as determined by the Tax Assessors. After setting the budget, they determine the millage rate which must be sufficient to cover the portion of the county budget that is funded by property tax.

Real and personal property tax statements are mailed by September 15. The first installment is due October 15 and the second installment is due November 15. If these dates fall on the weekend, they shift to the next business day. Real property consists of land as well as anything erected, growing or affixed to the land. Personal property includes furniture and fixtures, machinery & equipment and inventory in a business. For individuals, personal property includes boats and motors as well as aircrafts. The Tax Commissioner is responsible for billing the property owner of record as of January 1, or the current owner if we are made aware of a property transfer within 90 days of the due date.

Ad valorem tax is calculated using the following formula:

  • Fair Market Value x 40 % - Exemptions = Taxable Value
  • Taxable Value x Millage Rate = Tax Due

Here is an example calculation for a home with a fair market value of $100,000:

  1. The fair market value is determined by the Tax Assessors. Macon-Bibb County taxes at an assessment rate of 40% of its full fair market value.
    $100,000 x 40% = $40,000 (taxable value before exemptions)
  2. Exemptions, such as a homestead exemption, reduce the taxable value of your property. The standard local homestead exemption is $7,000.
    $40,000 - $7,000 = $33,000 (taxable value after exemption)
  3. The taxable value is then multiplied by the millage rate which is set by the Board of Commissioners.
    1 mill = $1 tax per $1,000 taxable value.
The total millage rate is 39.145 which means property owners pay $39.145 per $1,000 of taxable value.

  • $33,000 x (39.145/1,000) = $1,291.79 tax due
    OR
  • $33,000 x .039145 = $1,291.79 tax due
Millage Rates are announced yearly in late July/early August when the local taxing authorities (Board of Commissioners and Board of Education) approve them. Please click HERE to see the approved millage rates since 1987.



EXCESS FUNDS

The overage amount, known as “excess funds”, from the tax sale of a property in which the final bid is greater than the amount due for taxes, accrued costs and all expenses of the tax sale. The excess funds is held in escrow by the Tax Commissioner’s Office. Anyone who has a legal interest in the property prior to the time of the tax sale (such as a mortgage company or anyone who holds a duly recorded lien against the owner of the property) may file a claim for the excess funds, in addition to the property owner, with the Tax Commissioner’s office.

Excess funds are available for distribution to the entitled parties in the order of priority in which their interest exists. Excess funds are subject to priority claim by the mortgagee or security interest holder. The record owner of the property at the time of tax sale may claim the overage only if the property is not encumbered by a mortgage and/or lien, or if there are funds remaining after the mortgagee and/or lien holder has satisfied their secure claim(s).

If competing claims for the excess funds are presented, or uncertainties or doubts of entitlement arise, an interpleader action may be filed in Superior Court for determination as to proper distribution. Claims by lien holders must include a current payoff statement. Rights to excess funds are controlled and established by state law which determines the priority of liens and which ones get paid first.

The time it takes to review the claim varies and is dependent upon the number of claims received, as well as the documentation included with the claim form. Failure of a claimant to file for excess funds does not eliminate their rights to said funds.

All claimants should request an Excess Funds Claim Form by email from mgking@maconbibb.us or by mail to: Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office, Attn: Melinda King, P.O. Box 4724, Macon, Georgia 31208.



GARBAGE

The annual garbage bill for $300 was for service period of October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018. This bill was separate from the property tax bill. The due date was April 2, 2018.

The next garbage charge for $120 for the service period of January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 was included on your 2018 property tax bill.

Garbage bills are now billed quarterly and will be due by the end of each quarter. Quarterly due dates are March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.

All Residential Premises intended for occupancy, vacant or occupied, will be billed for garbage service. Service provided by the Solid Waste Department is mandatory.

If an owner appeals the value of their property, the garbage fee is due in full.

Property owned in whole by an individual whose income falls below the federal poverty guidelines can be exempt from garbage fees. This exemption must be applied for by submitting a completed application and all required documentation by 5:00 p.m. November 1 each year to the Solid Waste Department located at 327 Lower Poplar St.

No applications will be accepted after that date each year. Download an application or contact the Solid Waste Department to obtain one.

If a premises is destroyed by fire or other casualty, or demolished, or for some other reason no longer constitutes developed property, the owner must immediately notify the Solid Waste Director in writing. The Solid Waste Director, or his designee, will conduct an investigation, and if substantiated, inform the Tax Commissioner of any billing changes.

For garbage service issues, can requests, recycling questions, etc., contact the Solid Waste Department at:




MOBILE HOMES

Mobile home statements are mailed by January 30 of each year and are due by April 1. All mobile homes are required to have a current year decal visibly posted. These decals are issued upon receipt of tax payment.

If paid in person, the decal will be issued immediately. If another method of payment is chosen, the decal will be mailed when payment is received.

If mobile home tax is paid after the due date, a state mandated penalty of 10 percent of the tax due or $5.00, whichever is greater & monthly interest is assessed on the unpaid balance. Failure to obtain and properly display a current year mobile home decal will result in a lien being placed on the mobile home and may be subject to sale.

Mobile home owners who disagree with the Board of Tax Assessors’ value of their mobile home must file an appeal with the Tax Assessors’ Office within 45 days of the mailing of their tax bill or April 1st, whichever occurs later.

Purchased/Sold a Mobile Home
When purchasing or transferring the ownership of a mobile home, the new owner must apply for a title within 30 days of purchase. A current tax paid receipt must be provided before the title application will be processed.

Steps to follow after purchase:

  • Have the previous owner sign the back of the title and give the title to you.
  • Find the mobile home on the View/Pay Your Taxes page to see if the taxes are paid. If tax is due, pay it.
  • Visit the Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s office with the title and tax receipt and have the title changed into your name within 30 days of purchase.

It is ultimately the seller’s responsibility to ensure that the title has been changed into the new owner’s name and that the registration form has been completed. Failure to do so will result in billing to the last known owner of title. It is unlawful for any person to move or transport any mobile home which does not have attached & displayed the current year decal.



REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY

Ownership Information
All property owner information is updated by the Tax Assessors’ Office. The Tax Assessors use deed information recorded in the Superior Court Clerk’s Office to update tax records for all real property. Tax statements are mailed to the current owner as updated by the Tax Assessors’ Office at the time of billing. For questions regarding the ownership record or how to update owner information (i.e. mailing address, contact information, etc.), please contact the Tax Assessors’ Office at 478.621.6701.

Mortgage / Escrow
Our office mails tax statements to property owners, not to mortgage companies. We do send mortgage companies on record a data file that contains the property information and the tax amount due. It is the mortgage company’s responsibility to use the data file to pay the accounts of their customers that are in escrow. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure taxes are paid. For questions regarding the role of individual mortgage companies in paying the tax, contact the company directly, especially if the mortgage company has recently changed.

Ownership Changes - Real Property
If property was sold during the year, the tax digest will reflect the owner of record’s name as of January 1 of the tax year per Georgia Tax Code. Prior to mailing annual tax statements in September each year, we request change of ownership information from the Tax Assessors’ Office and we send bills to the owner as indicated in the Tax Assessors’ records as of the date the file was obtained by our office. If the property owner information in the Tax Assessors’ office was not updated due to the transfer occurring close to the data file date or after billing, the owner as of January 1 will be billed. In such cases, if our office is notified within 90 days of the due date of who the current owner is, we will bill the current owner upon verifying the transfer. Although every effort is made to bill the current owner, the Tax Commissioner is not responsible for determining a property owner’s payment obligation. The property owner is responsible for paying the taxes when due.

Ownership Changes - Personal Property (Business Inventory/Equipment, Boats, Aircraft)
Georgia Tax Law (O.C.G.A 48-5) specifies that the owner of the personal property (i.e., airplanes, business equipment/inventory, boats, watercraft) on January 1 of the tax year is responsible for the full year’s property tax regardless of subsequent sale, amount of usage or change of location. If the personal property was sold or relocated out of county prior to January 1, notification must be sent to the Tax Assessors’ office for removal from digest. The Tax Assessors’ Office will require proof of sale or relocation (i.e., bill of sale, paid tax receipt from current county, notarized affidavit attesting to location, etc.) before removing the account in Macon-Bibb County.



TAX SALE | DELINQUENT TAX

Disclaimer: At no time can any employee of the Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner provide legal advice. If questions about processes or legal rights arise regarding property involved in a tax lien, levy, or tax sale, we recommend you seek professional advice.

If interested in purchasing a property at a tax sale, we strongly encourage you seek professional advice before participating in the sale.

Delinquent Tax - Prior to Tax Sale
All tax remaining unpaid after the due date is delinquent and subject to interest and penalties as mandated by state law.

If payment is late, the following interest and penalty will be added to the balance owed:

  • A monthly interest of the January prime banking rate plus 3% will be added on the unpaid principle balance due. The 2020 monthly interest rate is .6458%.
  • A five percent (5%) penalty will be added to the unpaid principle 120 days from the due date. An additional 5% penalty (on the unpaid principle) will accrue again every 120 days until a maximum 20% penalty has been charged.

If remaining balance is not paid in full, a FiFa (tax lien) may be issued against the property and the owner of record as of January 1. For real property, if the owner on January 1 can provide proof of the transfer of ownership and transfer of tax liability within 90 days of the date of delinquency, the FiFa will be issued in the name of the owner as of the date of delinquency instead. Once a FiFa has been issued, the property is subject to levy and sale at a tax auction.

Once a property has been selected to go to tax sale, additional costs in the form of fees are added to the delinquent account for title research, advertising and other necessary actions.

Tax Sale
A current tax sale list, if scheduled, can be found in Macon’s newspaper “The Telegraph”, Legal Advertisements section, every Tuesday for four weeks prior to the sale. If you are interested in purchasing a property with delinquent taxes that is not listed in our tax sale, please call 478-621-6500 and ask for the Levy Department.

The Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner follows legal procedures prescribed by the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) when levying property. We strongly suggest reading those sections of Georgia law which pertain to tax executions and tax sales. OCGA 48-3 and 48-4, contain important information regarding tax executions and tax sales.

Tax sales are held on the first Tuesday of each month (for months in which a tax sale is planned), at 11 AM on the steps of the Bibb County Courthouse located at 601 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201. Bidders or a representative must be present to bid. Mail, phone or faxed bids are not acceptable.

The opening bid for a property is the amount of tax due, plus penalties and all other applicable fees. A Sheriff’s Tax Deed, not the property, is sold to the highest bidder. Payment is due in full within two hours from the conclusion of the tax sale. Only cash, certified funds or money orders are accepted.

After the Sale
Though the tax sale purchaser receives a Sheriff’s tax deed for the property, possession of, improvements to, and/or eviction of any tenants on the property, are not allowed immediately according to Georgia law.

Georgia law allows the property owner or anyone with any right, title or interest in the property to repurchase (redeem) the Tax Deed from the tax sale purchaser. On non-judicial tax sales, the right of redemption cannot be foreclosed upon by the tax sale purchaser within a year after the tax sale date. Until the right of redemption has been foreclosed by the tax sale purchaser, a sheriff’s tax deed has about the same equivalence as a lien against the property.

When real property is sold at a tax sale, the owner, creditor or any person having an interest in the property may redeem the property from the holder of the tax deed within 12 months from the original tax sale date. The redemption price may include the purchaser’s bid amount, taxes paid by the purchaser after the tax sale, any special assessments on the property, plus a 20% premium. The tax sale purchaser is responsible for determining the amount payable for redemption. Redemption of the property puts the title conveyed by the tax sale back to the owner of record and is subject to all liens that existed at the time of the tax sale. Macon-Bibb County does not assist in the redemption or foreclosure process.

Notice of Foreclosure of Right to Redeem - After 12 months from the date of the tax sale, the purchaser at the tax sale may terminate or foreclose on the owner's right to redeem the property. To foreclose on the right of redemption, notice must be sent via certified mail to the owner of record and to all interest holders which appear on the public record. In addition, the notice of foreclosure is required to be published in the newspaper in the county in which the property is located once a week for four consecutive weeks.

Right of Redemption Foreclosed - After foreclosing the right of redemption, it is recommended that the purchaser seek legal advice regarding the petition to quiet title in land, pursuant to O.C.G.A.§ 23-3-60.

Under the action, the petitioner (tax deed purchaser) makes a request to the court to take jurisdiction over the matter. The court then appoints a Special Master (third party) to examine the petition and exhibits to determine who is entitled to notice. The petitioner will then ask the court to issue a decree establishing his/her title in the land against "all the world" and that all "clouds to petitioner's title to the land be removed" and that said decree be recorded as provided by law.

Motor Vehicles


OVERVIEW

Renewal Information
A tag renewal notice lists ad valorem tax and tag renewal fees due along with any other applicable fees that must be collected to renew the vehicle’s registration. Renewal notices are mailed approximately 45-60 days prior to the registration expiration date by the State of Georgia. If a tag renewal notice is needed, please contact us to request a notice be mailed to the address on file. Call: 478.621.6500 or Email: taxinfo@maconbibb.us

New Purchase Information
All title / registration transactions require a current Georgia driver's license reflecting your current physical address in Macon-Bibb County. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) offers one free change of address on a Georgia driver’s license online or in person at one of their facilities. Visit their website for more information. Businesses wishing to title a vehicle to the business must provide their active business license during each initial registration process.

Voluntary Registration Cancellation
Cancelling the registration notifies our office, law enforcement, and the Department of Revenue that said vehicle is not and will not be on the road. Cancelling the registration does not destroy the registration. It only renders it inactive.

Specialty Tags
Specialized and personalized plates are issued to private passenger vehicles only that are owned by Georgia residents. A list of all available specialty plates can be found HERE. From this list, click the desired type of specialty plate to view a sample of the plate, requirements and applicable fees.

Disabled Persons
A disabled person's license plate costs $20 (same as standard) plus any other fees and penalties which may apply, including ad valorem tax and title tax, if applicable. If the vehicle currently has a valid Georgia license plate and a disabled person's license plate is being requested for the same vehicle, a disabled person license plate will be issued at no cost. Disabled person’s license plates do not need an affidavit to renew, but are renewed each year as any registration is renewed. If you are permanently disabled, you can also apply for a disabled person plate for each vehicle you own.



DEALER AND FLEET SERVICES

Dealer
Titles may be processed by mail, walk through, or by drop off. For optimal efficiency in processing title work, all dealership applications should be complete and ready to process at time of submission. Incomplete paperwork will be returned to the dealership for correction.

Drop offs and Mail-ins are processed in the order in which they are received. Please allow 24 hours to process these submissions.

A TAVT Calculator is available on the Department of Revenue website. The calculator does not include penalties and fees which may apply if the title is not submitted by the mandated deadline.

Fleet
Fleet renewals may be processed by mail or by drop off. For optimal efficiency in processing fleet work, review renewal notices for deletions and registration cancellations. If any renewal notices are missing, please contact our office at 478.621.6500.

When all renewal notices are ready to process, please submit the following:
  • A copy of fleet insurance card, if applicable
  • Form 2290 for each vehicle with a GVW of 55,000 lbs or more


DISABLED PERSONS

Disabled Persons Placards and Plates
To obtain a disabled person's license placard (which hangs from the rear-view mirror) or plate, submit the following to our office:

Note: The licensed healthcare practitioner or doctor designates whether the disability is temporary or permanent.

Permanent Disability:
Parking Placard (Blue Hang Tag) - Permanent placards are reissued every four years but a new MV9-D is not required. To renew a permanent placard, the person who was initially issued the placard must bring their current placard and their Georgia driver's license or Georgia ID with current Macon-Bibb County address to our office. One (1) placard is valid; multiple placards may not be issued.

License Plate (Blue Emblem Plate) - A disabled person's license plate standard fee is $20 plus any other fees and penalties which may apply, including ad valorem tax and title tax, if applicable. If the vehicle currently has a valid Georgia license plate and a disabled person's license plate is being requested for the same vehicle, a disabled person license plate will be issued at no cost. Disabled person’s license plates do not need a new MV9-D to renew, but are renewed each year as any registration is renewed. If you are permanently disabled, you can also apply for a disabled person plate for each vehicle you own.

Temporary Disability:
Temporary Disabled Person's Placards (Red Hang Tag) - Temporary placards are valid for six months from the issue date. To renew a temporary placard, a newly-completed MV9-D form must be submitted.


INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

Proof of insurance is required when issuing a tag or renewing a decal. Georgia law requires all insurance companies submit vehicle insurance policy information, and validity of same, electronically to the Georgia Electronic Insurance Compliance System (GEICS). Insurance cards are not acceptable proof of insurance coverage for motor vehicle transactions. Changes or cancellations to vehicle insurance are electronically updated to the state system by the insurance company. For most companies, this takes about 24 to 48 hours.

Printed Proof of Georgia Insurance
An original 30-day Insurance Binder with an effective date that is less than 30 days may be accepted for the following reasons:

  1. A vehicle is purchased from an individual
  2. Tag was cancelled during time period with no insurance. Tag reinstatement is requested.
  3. Owner has moved in from out of state

Fleet or Self Insured policy
Fleet card or self-insurance documents are required to be submitted with all vehicle transactions including renewals. The card must be presented at the time of registration or renewal.

Lapse of Insurance, Suspensions and Waivers
A lapse in insurance occurs when a vehicle has not carried valid Georgia liability insurance coverage for a period of more than 10 days. Insurance companies report the lapse to the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), and a notice of pending registration suspension is generated and mailed by the DOR. A lapse will result in a $25 pending suspension fee which must be paid within 30 days.

If the pending-suspension fee of $25 is not paid by the due date, the registration is suspended by the DOR. To reinstate the registration, the vehicle must have valid Georgia insurance coverage, the $25 pending suspension fee plus a $60 reinstatement fee must be paid, as well as any other registration fees, ad valorem taxes or penalties due. Any additional lapses in coverage and/or suspensions will result in additional fines and penalties including cancellation of the vehicle’s registration.

Cancelling Insurance
Before cancelling insurance on a vehicle, cancel the registration first to avoid penalties.

Cancelling the registration is highly recommended if the vehicle is:

  • Sold or traded-in
  • Registered in another state
  • Repossessed, stolen, wrecked, salvaged by an insurance company, or junked
  • Stored or rendered inoperable

Cancelling the registration notifies our office, law enforcement, and the DOR that the vehicle is not, and will not be, on the road. Cancelling the registration renders it inactive while maintaining the record.

Registration can be reactivated at any time, provided insurance is restored and any outstanding taxes due are paid.


NEW RESIDENTS

New to Macon-Bibb County? Welcome to Macon-Bibb County…we look forward to serving you!

Moving to Macon-Bibb County from another Georgia county?

The registered owner of the vehicle must submit the change of address request. Please notify us within 30 days of establishing residency in one of the following ways:

  • By Email - Email us at taxinfo@maconbibb.us. Include tag number and a scanned copy or picture of owner’s driver’s license with new Macon-Bibb County address.
  • By Mail - Mail the change of address request to Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner | P O Box 5007 | Macon GA 31208. Include a copy of the owner’s driver’s license or a lease agreement with new Macon-Bibb County address.
  • In Person - Address changes may be done in person by visiting us at the Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office | 188 Third Street | Macon GA 31201, and presenting a valid Georgia driver’s license or ID card with the current Macon-Bibb County address. The plate/tag number remains the same, though a new gray decal to replace the old county information will be given. Of course, if using an “In God We Trust” decal, it can be kept in lieu of a county decal. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) offers one free change of address on a Georgia driver’s license online or in person at one of their facilities. Visit their website for more information.

Moving to Macon-Bibb County from another state?

Out-of-state title applications and registration require visiting the Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office and bringing the following:

  • A valid GEORGIA driver’s license/ID which shows a current Macon-Bibb County address (to obtain a Georgia driver’s license reflecting a Macon-Bibb County address, apply for a driver’s license at the DDS website.
  • Proof of Georgia Insurance
  • Proof of ownership

Out of State Title:

  • Must have original title with owner(s) name printed on front
  • All listed owners on original title must be present or have a Limited Power of Attorney* and copy of driver’s license for the owner who is absent

Leased Vehicle:

  • Copy of lease agreement
  • Original Limited Power of Attorney authorizing lessee to register vehicle in Georgia (obtained from the leasing company).
  • Current registration from previous state

Title held by Lien Holder:

  • All listed owners on original title must be present or have an original Limited Power of Attorney* and copy of driver’s license for the owner who is absent
  • Current registration from previous state
  • Name, address, and phone number of Lien Holder

* Limited Power of Attorney form must include Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and may be found HERE.

New out-of-state residents are charged 3% of the vehicle's fair market value for title ad valorem tax (TAVT) at the time of title application.

Expiration:

All registrations in Georgia expire at midnight on the birthday of the owner (first person listed on title). If a renewal notice is not received in the mail at least a month ahead of the birthday of the primary owner, then contact our office and we will be happy to send you the renewal notice. Remember that it is the responsibility of the owner to renew the registration before the deadline.


PURCHASING A VEHICLE

New Purchases
All vehicles 1986 and newer require a title to transfer ownership. Transfer of ownership must be processed in the county in which the new owner lives.

Note: Salvage vehicles are not eligible for a Georgia registration until they have been rebuilt and have passed inspection. For more information on salvage vehicles, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website.

Businesses wishing to title a vehicle to the business must provide their active business license during each initial registration process.

Purchased from a Dealer
When a vehicle is purchased from a dealership, the dealer submits the necessary documents to apply for title. The title application must be processed either prior to or at the same time the registration is issued. The dealer also submits proof of insurance, copy of purchaser’s driver’s license reflecting Macon-Bibb county address, prior title/MSO, title ad valorem tax (TAVT) and a completed MV-1 form.

Note: It is the sole responsibility of the dealership to collect and submit TAVT to the tag office to submit title application. If a vehicle is purchased from a dealership, the customer (or purchaser) cannot submit title application/registration or pay TAVT with a personal check.

Initial Registration
All title work must be completed before a tag will be issued.

Dealerships may purchase a tag for the customer.

If a dealership purchases and submits the tag request with the title application electronically, the tag will be mailed to the customer directly from the Department of Revenue in Atlanta.

If the dealership does not purchase a tag, the new owner must visit our office to purchase a tag. The owner must provide a copy of a valid driver’s license with current Macon-Bibb county address.

Effective July 1, 2015: If a brand new vehicle (i.e., one that has never been the subject of a sale at retail to the general public) is purchased, the state offers the option of purchasing a two-year registration during the initial registration period for a $40 fee (standard plates only). Annual registration renewal applies thereafter. Availability offered for passenger cars designed to carry 10 passengers or less only.

Purchased from an Individual or Business
For a vehicle purchased from an individual or business (other than a dealer) in a casual/private sale, the new owner is required to apply for the title and registration. The new owner must title and register the vehicle in their name within seven (7) days of the purchase date per law enforcement if vehicle is driven and within 30 days to avoid late penalties from the Department of Revenue (DOR).

When the seller has provided a title properly signed over, the purchaser needs to bring the following items to our office:

  1. Title correctly signed over to new owner
  2. New owner(s) present with valid identification, first owner must have valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card reflecting the Macon-Bibb County address.
  3. Valid Georgia Insurance
  4. If the vehicle is leased, provide the original lease agreement that includes the names and addresses of the leasing company and the lessee(s).
TAVT is collected at the time of titling. To use the online TAVT calculator provided by the DOR for a TAVT estimate, click HERE.

If vehicle is purchased from an individual or business and the Certificate of Title is in the possession of a bank or other financial institution, the purchaser or lien holder must apply for the Georgia title and registration. If financing the vehicle, the lien holder normally submits the necessary documents to apply for title.

Initial Registration
All title work must be completed before a tag will be issued. Tag may be applied for at the time of title application.

If financing, the lien holder will send notification to the new owner that the title application has been processed. The new owner will then need to visit our office to register the vehicle.


RENEWALS

Renewal notices are mailed approximately 45-60 days prior to the registration expiration* date by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR). A tag renewal notice lists ad valorem tax (if applicable) and tag renewal fees due along with any other applicable fees that must be collected to renew the vehicle’s registration.

*Birthday of primary owner for individuals and alphabetically for businesses

If a tag renewal notice has not been received, call 478.621.6500 to request a duplicate renewal notice, check the DOR website or email request to taxinfo@maconbibb.us.

Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the registered owner/taxpayer from the obligation to register/renew the vehicle’s registration by the due date (midnight of the primary owner’s birthday). If the owner does not receive a renewal notice, it is still the owner’s responsibility to renew by the expiration date. Penalties applied by the state cannot be waived due to the owner not receiving a renewal notice.

If the primary owner has recently moved and has not received a renewal notice, notify us of the change of address. A valid driver’s license with a Macon-Bibb County address or a copy of your lease agreement must be submitted. If the primary owner is a company, a valid business license at the new address must be submitted. Also, please include a copy of the fleet card if renewing fleet vehicles.

We offer 5 ways to renew your registration:

  • Online - The DOR website offers lookup availability to renew registration.
  • By Mail - Complete the requested information on the renewal notice and remit payment by check. Be sure to include the tag number. If the amount is not listed, please call 478.621.6500 or email taxinfo@maconbibb.us. Mail renewal using the return envelope provided or address envelope to Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner | P O Box 5007 | Macon GA, 31208.
  • In Person - Visit our office at the Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office | 188 Third Street | Macon, GA 31201 between the hours of 8 AM – 5 PM.
  • Outdoor Drop Box - For after-hours payment, there is a drop box located on the side of the building in the first drive thru lane at the Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office.
  • Self Service Tag Renewal Kiosk - Utilize the newest innovation in tag renewals - the self-service tag renewal kiosk at Kroger, North Park Center, 220 Tom Hill, Sr. Blvd., Macon, GA 31210. Bring your drivers’ license. Convenience fees apply on kiosk renewals.

Legislation Effective July 1, 2015 impacting renewals

Georgia House Bill 170 adds new fees for alternative fuel vehicle owners. More information
House Bill 170 also adds new highway impact fees for all vehicles over 15,500 lbs. - gross vehicle weight rating. More information


SPECIAL TAGS

Specialized license plates may be applied for at our office. If the specialty plate is in inventory and all requirements for issuance are met, the plate will be issued at the time of application. If the plate is not in inventory, a temporary permit will be assigned until the plate can be issued and mailed from the Department of Revenue in Atlanta.

Specialized and personalized plates are issued to private passenger vehicles only that are owned by Georgia residents.

A list of all available specialty plates can be found HERE. From this list, click the desired type of specialty plate to view a sample of the plate, requirements and fees.

College and University Plates

See list of Available College and University specialty plates HERE. No special requirements.

  • $25 manufacturing fee per plate. (One Time)
  • $35 special tag fee. (Yearly)
  • $20 license plate fee. (Yearly)

Military

Requires special qualifications. Surviving spouses are entitled to apply for the following military license plates in his or her name through our office as long as they do not remarry. A list of military tags can be found HERE.

1 free tag per eligible category; fees are waived for manufacturing and yearly tag renewals.

Special Interest

Certain special interest plates require additional documentation before issuance and renewal. More information about requirements and pricing, as well as samples, can be found HERE.

  • $ 0 - $25 - Manufacturing fee varies per individual specialty plate (One Time)
  • $ 25 - $35 - Special tag fee varies per individual specialty plate (Yearly)
  • $ 20 - standard license plate fee (Yearly)

Personalized - Special License Plate with Name and/or Other Letters or Numbers

To view if the prestige tag combination you would like is available for purchase please check HERE.

To request a special prestige license plate, submit the following to our office:


Relinquishing the Ownership of a Special License Plate

Owners of prestige, college, commemorative or other specialty plates (tags), not requiring special qualifications to obtain, may relinquish the ownership of their tag to another person or persons by providing them with:


IMPORTANT: By signing the form and accepting the plate and registration certificate, the new owner understands that any applicable registration fees and vehicle ad valorem tax will be calculated based on his or her registration period and not the registration period of the previous owner of the plate. The new owner of the specialty plate should not place the plate on their vehicle until it has been properly registered to him or her through our office.


TAG CANCELLATION & REACTIVATION

Cancelling Vehicle Registration

Vehicle registration may be cancelled at any time. However, to avoid insurance suspension fines, it is advised to cancel the registration before cancelling the insurance policy. The vehicle's ad valorem tax must be current.

Cancelling the registration notifies our office, law enforcement, and the Department of Revenue that the vehicle is not, and will not be, on the road. Cancelling the registration renders it inactive but does not remove it.

Cancelling the registration is highly recommended if the vehicle is:

  • Sold or traded-in
  • Registered in another state
  • Repossessed, stolen, wrecked, salvaged by an insurance company, or junked
  • Stored or rendered inoperable

Reactivating Vehicle Registration

Reactivation of a registration can be done at any time, provided the insurance has been restored and any outstanding taxes due have been paid.

We offer 2 ways to cancel registration:

  • In Person - Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office| 188 Third Street| Macon GA 31201. The vehicle owner must be present when completing this transaction in person. The owner must provide their valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia ID card.
  • Mail - Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office |P O Box 5007 |Macon GA 31208. When submitting request by mail, please include a copy of the owner’s valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia ID card and a completed Registration Cancellation Form signed by the vehicle owner.

Reactivating a Voluntarily Cancelled Vehicle Registration

To reactivate a vehicle’s registration, please provide/complete the following:

  • Valid Insurance
  • Ad Valorem tax up-to-date (If applicable)
  • Tag fee up-to-date
We offer 2 ways to reactivate registration:

  • In Person - Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office |188 Third Street| Macon GA 31208. You must provide your valid Georgia driver’s license and VIN
  • Mail - Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner| PO Box 5007| Macon GA 31208. When submitting request by mail, please include a copy of the owner’s valid Georgia driver’s license and VIN.

Contact Us

S. Wade McCord

Macon-Bibb Tax Commissioner

Communication Center
Office: 478-621-6500

Email: taxinfo@maconbibb.us
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Pay your tax bill online or by phone:

1-844-828-3222
You will need your bill number. You may find it HERE.

Mailing Address
Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner
P.O. Box 4724
Macon, GA 31208-4724
Physical Address
Macon-Bibb County
Tax Commissioner Service Center
188 Third Street
Macon, GA 31201

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Self-Service Tag Renewal Kiosk
Kroger North Park Center
200 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.
Macon, GA 31210


Self-Service Tag Renewal Kiosk
Kroger Bridge Pointe
4321 Hartley Bridge Rd
Macon, GA 31216


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dear Taxpayers,

The Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office is committed to improving our processes to make our office as user friendly as possible. To accomplish this commitment, I have a staff of dedicated professionals who work hard every day to deliver exceptional customer service and make improvements on how we get things done to enhance the overall taxpayer experience with our office. I am very proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to the opportunity of continuing to serve the taxpayers’ of Macon-Bibb County for many years to come.

S. Wade McCord
Tax Commissioner

Customer Service – Our staff is trained to provide exceptional customer service in person or on the phone. In addition, we constantly strive to improve our taxpayers’ online experience as well.

  • We work for taxpayers – We realize that this is your tax office and we work for you. Everyone is greeted with a smile and assisted promptly.
  • New Online Web Portal – You are using it now! Account information can be found and payment made anytime on our new website.
  • Quick Payment Options - you can pay online at http://www.maconbibbtax.us/, by phone at 1-844-828-3222 or scan the Quick Response (QR) code on your tax bill.
  • Experienced Tax Clerks – most of our clerks have many years of experience and they all are trained to handle both tag and tax transactions.
  • Communication Center – We have staff designated to answer the phones and assist with many frequently asked questions. For more in-depth type questions, taxpayers are quickly transferred to an experienced clerk to assist them.
  • Walk-In Customers – A dedicated tax office representative is stationed in our lobby at all times to help taxpayers with their questions and assist with checking into our automated queuing system. While in our office, customers can rate the service they received on a scale from 1 (worst) - 5 (best). Currently our average rating is 4.93!
  • Automated Queuing System – No standing in line at our office! Our customers are given a number & can wait while seated in our newly renovated lobby. Most of the time, there is no wait time because we have many clerks on staff to assist you.
  • Wait time – if there is a current wait time, our website has that posted so you can plan accordingly.
  • Drive Thru Lanes – We have three drive thru lanes available for taxpayers handling routine transactions.
  • Drop Box – We have a drop box located on the side of the building in the first drive thru lane for customers who need to drop off their business after hours.
  • Self Service Tag Renewal Kiosks – We have kiosks located in the Kroger on Tom Hill, Sr. Blvd. and Hartley Bridge Road available for taxpayers Sun-Sat 5AM - 1AM. Bring your driver’s license to renew your tag at the kiosk in less than 3 minutes! Convenience fees apply.
  • Email – We can be contacted by email at taxinfo@maconbibb.us

Operations – We monitor our operational processes to ensure we do the things that benefit our taxpayers in the most efficient and effective manner as possible. Below are some of our accomplishments in this area.

  • Collection Rate - Our prior years' collection rate averages around 98% which is one of the highest in the State.
  • Assisted the county in improving their financial picture by continuing to improve tax collections.
  • Remittance Processor – We use a remittance processor to process large numbers of payments which reduces labor costs and results in quicker deposits and payouts to Macon-Bibb County, the Board of Education and the State of Georgia.
  • Mailings - We outsource to print and mail tax bills, notices, fifas (liens), garbage bills, tag renewals, etc. which saves on labor costs if those services were performed in-house.
  • Levies - We outsource the title research and mailings for better efficiency. Those costs are directly paid for by the delinquent taxpayer upon payment. This enables our office to levy on approximately 1,250 properties per year. We have significantly increased the number of levies each month to improve the collection rate.
  • Court Filings – For taxes or garbage that go unpaid, we produce fifas (liens) and, when paid, cancellations, through an automated computer program which greatly reduces labor costs associated with doing this task manually. We are now filing fewer liens because our collection rate has improved.
  • Successfully completed Subsequent Tax Sale where we sold 211 properties for $724,000.00. For more information about future sales go HERE.

Accounting – We increased collections by $18 plus million dollars over last year with overall collections at $203.5 million. The financial stability of the county and schools depend on how well we execute our duties in collecting, managing and promptly paying out those funds to the governmental entities.

  • Banking Relationships – We leverage the size of our deposits to seek out the best banking relationships available to maximize the benefit to the governmental entities. In 2018, we changed banks which resulted in additional income through cost reductions and interest income. The net increase from cost reductions and interest income is projected to exceed $30,000 annually.
  • Cash Management – We account for all cash paid in and paid out as a result of our operations.
  • Implemented service agreement with a provider for the collection of returned checks. This has resulted in an improvement of collections, both in terms of number of checks and amounts.
  • Implementation of Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions for remittances to other government entities (levying authorities).
  • Utilized Remote Cash Deposit service resulting in funds being credited to our bank accounts the same day deposits are processed which eliminated the need for our armored car service and associated cost of approximately $6,000 per year.



GOALS

I am constantly thinking of ways to improve the service we provide to the taxpayer. To help us focus towards those improvements, goals are set to help us get there. My goals are always to save families and businesses time and money where possible. Please review my goals below designed with you in mind.

S. Wade McCord
Tax Commissioner

GOALS for 2020

Website – Continue to improve this new web portal which was recently launched to assist taxpayers in finding the information quickly and offer various ways to pay their bill.

Homestead Exemptions – I hold three public meetings for the general public each year to inform homeowners on how they can apply for available homestead exemptions that can reduce their tax amount due (if eligible). In January, I plan to mail out exemption information to homeowners who may not have taken advantage of filing for Homestead Exemption so that they may contact us for eligibility. The deadline for application is April 1 of each year for that tax year. For more information about homestead exemptions, see our Taxpayer Brochure.

Motor Vehicles – Our website provides the links to the state motor vehicle division which is being redesigned to more fully integrate our office with state agencies such as the Department of Revenue and Driver Services. Our goal is to further incorporate our available motor vehicle resources to help with your motor vehicle questions and needs. In addition, based upon the State’s implementation, we are working towards using our remittance processing machine to automatically process tag renewals. Currently, this process is handled manually. When complete, this will enable us to redirect employee time to other customer service and collection activities. Most importantly, it will also enable us to send your decal to you quicker!

Tag Renewal Kiosks – depending on demand and location availability, more self-service kiosks may be added for your convenience.

Blight – Continue to work with the various governmental entities to assist in alleviating blighted conditions.



MEET US

Denise Slocumb
Chief Deputy/Deputy Commissioner of Taxpayer Services
dslocumb@maconbibb.us
478-621-6565

Cathy Price
Deputy Commissioner of Collections
cprice@maconbibb.us
478-621-6561

Cheryl Lee
Deputy Commissioner of Levy Operations
clee@maconbibb.us
478-621-5869

Robert Edwards, Jr.
Deputy Commissioner of Accounting
redwards@maconbibb.us
478-621-6555


Frequently Asked Questions

The Tax Commissioner is responsible for the billing and collection of ad valorem taxes. These taxes include real property, personal property, motor vehicle tax, mobile home tax and timber tax. The information found on this web site is intended to aid you in understanding your rights and responsibilities relating to property tax in Macon-Bibb County. This web site does not cover the many complex laws governing taxation in the State of Georgia and should not be relied on as a legal source of information. If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, or, if you need clarification on information you find, please contact us.

For more detailed information about revenue and taxation, the Georgia Department of Revenue sponsors a web site where the annotated version of the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) can be viewed. Click HERE to visit this web site.

The Macon-Bibb County Tax Commissioner's Office should be contacted for more information on inquiries about billing and collection of property taxes. The phone number is 478.621.6500.

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Tax Assessors’ Office should be contacted for more information on property values. The phone number for the Tax Assessors’ Office is 478.621.6701.

What is TAVT?

Title ad valorem tax (TAVT) replaces the annual motor vehicle ad valorem tax and the sales tax that is collected by dealers on motor vehicle sales for new purchases. TAVT applies to vehicles (new and used) purchased March 1, 2013 or later and is due each time a titled vehicle is transferred to a new owner.

How much will TAVT be?
TAVT rate is 6.6% of the fair market value or selling price as directed by the Department of Revenue.

When and where do I pay TAVT?
TAVT is paid when you transfer the title into your name. You apply for the title and pay TAVT in the county where you reside.

Does TAVT apply to new and used cars?
Yes. TAVT applies to all titled vehicles, whether new or used.

What if I purchase the vehicle from a Georgia-registered dealer?
TAVT is collected by the dealer at the time of sale.

What if I purchase a vehicle from someone other than a dealer? Like from a friend or neighbor?
This purchase is called a “casual sale.” TAVT still applies and is paid by the purchaser when the vehicle is titled in the new owner’s name.

Will I need to renew the registration each year after I’ve paid TAVT?
Yes, you are required to renew your vehicle’s registration each year on or before your birthday. All vehicle owners have to pay a tag fee/registration.

What is property taxation?
Property tax is an ad valorem tax, which means according to value. Ad valorem tax, the tax collected by the tax commissioner, is based on the value of the taxable property in the county.

What property is taxed?
All real estate, personal property, mobile homes, and motor vehicles are taxable unless the property has been exempted by law. Real property is land and generally anything that is erected, growing or affixed to the land; personal property is everything that can be owned that is not real estate. Personal property typically consists of inventory and fixtures used in conducting business, boats, aircraft, and farm machinery. Personal household property is not normally taxable.

Who decides how much my property is worth for tax purposes?
The Board of Assessors and their staff have the sole responsibility and authority of determining the value of property in Macon-Bibb County. Each year between January 1 and April 1, every property owner has the ability to declare a proposed value for their property by filing a return. Returns for real estate and personal property are filed in the Tax Assessors’ Office. The Board of Assessors will review your proposed value, and if they disagree, an assessment notice with the Assessors’ value will be mailed to you.

What if I disagree with the Tax Assessors' value?
If the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the value placed on the property, the taxpayer has the right to appeal this value within 45 days of the date of the notice. The appeal may be based on taxability, value, uniformity, and/or the denial of an exemption.
The written appeal must initially be filed with the Board of Assessors and must state your chosen method of appeal. For more information regarding appeals, please call the Tax Assessors’ Office at 478.621.6701.

Does the Tax Commissioner report to or control the Board of Tax Assessors?
No, the Tax Commissioner is an independent and elected office separate from both the Board of Tax Assessors and the Board of Commissioners.

Where do property tax dollars go?
  • Property tax dollars support administration of county government and the public school system.
  • Build and maintain public buildings, bridges and county roads
  • Pay expenses of courts, county jail and law enforcement
  • Provide fire protection
  • Provide for public health and sanitation This is an abbreviated list of how tax dollars are used to support local government projects. Please see the Georgia Code for a complete list. (O.C.G.A. 48-5-220)

What is the difference between fair market value and assessed value?
The Fair Market Value (FMV) is the 100% value as determined by the Board of Assessors. The Assessed Value is defined as being 40% of the FMV. Property is taxed on the Assessed Value (40% of FMV) less any exemptions.

What is a millage rate?
The tax rate, or millage rate, is set annually by the Macon-Bibb County Board of Commissioners and the Bibb County Board of Education. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value.

Who sets the millage rates?
Millage rates are set in Macon-Bibb County by the Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners.

What determines an individual property tax amount?
The amount for tax is calculated using the property value and the millage rate.

How is my tax statement calculated?
Once the property owner and the Board of Assessors have come to terms with an appropriate value, this value is provided to the Tax Commissioner for tax calculation. To calculate a tax statement, first deduct any exemptions that may apply from the assessed value which generates a net assessed (taxable) value. Then, multiply the net assessed value by the millage rate.

When will I receive a property tax statement?
  • Property tax for real estate and personal property is mailed by September 15.
  • Property tax for mobile/manufactured homes is mailed by January 30.
  • Motor vehicle renewals are mailed 60 days prior to the birthdate of the primary owner.
  • If you did not receive a tax statement, please contact our office or check our website by clicking HERE.

When is my tax statement due?
Taxes for real estate and personal property are due in two installments in Macon-Bibb County. The first installment is due by October 15th and the second installment is due by November 15th. Taxes for mobile/manufactured homes are due by April 1. If these dates fall on a weekend, they will shift to the next business day.

Do I pay taxes on my mobile/modular home?

Yes. Mobile/modular homes are considered personal property and are taxable in Georgia. Tax must be paid annually with a due date of April 1. The owner of any mobile/modular home located in Macon-Bibb County must file a return and obtain a location permit. In order to obtain the location permit, the mobile home tax for the current year must be paid in full.

Do you send my tax statement to my mortgage company?
Tax statements are mailed to the homeowner, never to the mortgage company. We do send a data file to mortgage companies on record. It is the property owner’s responsibility to forward the bill to the mortgage company if necessary. Please contact your mortgage company directly if you have any questions, especially if your mortgage company has recently changed.

Is there any way to reduce my tax?
Yes. Several exemptions and special assessment programs are available that may apply. The most common are the homestead exemption for real estate and the freeport exemption for business personal property. Contact the Macon-Bibb County Tax Assessors’ Office (478.621.6701) for details of the available special assessment programs and homestead exemptions.

What is and how do I file for homestead exemption?
Homestead exemption exempts from taxation a specified amount from the assessed value of your home. Homestead exemption applications are approved by the Tax Assessors’ Office. To qualify, you must both own and occupy your home as of January 1. If you have previously qualified for homestead exemption and remain in the same house, you are not required to reapply each year. However, if you move or have a change in your deed, you will need to reapply for the exemption.

Application for homestead exemption may be submitted any time during the year but must be received before April 1 to have it apply as an exemption that year.

Where do I get a copy of my warranty deed?
Copies of your warranty deed may be obtained from the Clerk of Superior Court deed room located in the Macon-Bibb County Courthouse, 601 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201.

What if my payment is late?
If payment is late, the following interest and penalty will be added to the balance owed:

  • A monthly interest of the January prime banking rate plus 3% will be added on the unpaid principal balance due. The 2020 monthly interest rate is .6458%.
  • A five percent (5%) penalty will be added to the unpaid principal 120 days from the due date. An additional 5% penalty (on the unpaid principal) will accrue again every 120 days until a maximum 20% penalty has been charged.

Do you accept postmarks?
Yes, we honor U.S.P.S. (United States Postal Service) dated postmarks (only) as confirmation of an on-time payment for current year tax owed. Meter-dated postmarks are not honored. In the event of delinquent tax, we strongly encourage our taxpayers to bring the payment in person, especially if legal action (levy and advertisement of tax sale) has already started. To confirm status of property tax, please click HERE.

What if I cannot pay in full by the due date?
The Tax Commissioner does accept partial payments and taxpayers are welcome to make as many payments as needed to pay off the balance. However, penalties and interest continue to accrue on the outstanding balance. Any account with an outstanding balance will be subject to a lien. Therefore, the Tax Commissioner encourages full payment of any outstanding balance as soon as possible.

What is a lien/FiFa?
A lien, also known as a FiFa, is defined as “a claim, encumbrance, or charge on a taxpayer’s property to obtain payment of overdue taxes” (Georgia Department of Revenue). Prior to the issuance of a FiFa, a 30-day notice of intent is mailed to the owner of record. This notice will warn of a possible FiFa and will allow payment in full to the account within 30 days. FiFas are recorded on the General Execution Docket of the Clerk of the Superior Court.

Will paying my taxes late affect my credit?
When tax remains unpaid for more than 90 days after the due date, the tax is subject to a tax FiFa (lien) being recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court. Such records are public, and credit bureaus may access them which may be used to adversely affect your credit. The tax office does not report to credit bureaus and has no control of how they use the information or how often they update their records.

If I have a FiFa (lien), how do I get it cancelled?
Payment of outstanding tax along with applicable fees, penalties and interest will serve to cancel the FiFa.

Can I purchase FiFas “over the counter”?
No. Our office does not sell tax liens.

Online Forms

Property Forms

Motor Vehicle Title Forms

Motor Vehicle Registration Forms

Motor Vehicle Military Exemptions

Subsequent Tax Sales

Bibb County Tax Commissioner Subsequent Tax Sale will be conducted on May 5th 2020

Tax Sale Location: Macon State Farmers' Market, Building B, 2055 Eisenhower Pkwy., Macon, GA 31206

  • REGISTER FOR THE SUBSEQUENT TAX SALE HERE.
  • Bibb County Tax Commissioner's Office Subsequent Tax Sale Property List available HERE
  • Bibb County Tax Commissioner's Office Subsequent Tax Schedule available HERE
  • Bibb County Tax Commissioner's Office Subsequent Tax Sale PowerPoint Presentation available HERE Note - PowerPoint Presentation will be modified with updated information in the future
  • Bibb County Tax Commissioner's Office Subsequent Tax Sale Presentation by S. Wade McCord, Tax Commissioner, available HERE
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be updated regularly. Submit questions to: taxinfo@maconbibb.us
Macon-Bibb County, GA

Tax Commissioner
Wade McCord

Main Office
188 Third Street.
Macon, GA 31201
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Tel: 478-621-6500

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