Tax Commissioner's Office

A message From Tax Commissioner Nancy McGraw
I appreciate the opportunity that you have given me to serve as your Tax Commissioner. The duties and responsibilities of the office of Tax Commissioner are many and varied, but our main function is to serve you, the citizens of Jefferson County.

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.

The Tax Commissioner is responsible for every phase in the collection of property tax due to the state, county, municipalities and school systems. Preparation of the tax digest is the 1st stage of the process followed by property tax statement billing, collecting, accounting, auditing, and disbursements. The Tax Commissioner’s Office calculates 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.

The County Board of Commissioners appoints the Board of Tax Assessors. The Tax Assessors have full and final authority over what property is taxable, the values placed thereon, and applicable exemptions (residential, commercial, and personal property) and the estimated amount of taxes due according to state code.

Other Duties
Additionally, as a tag agent for the State of Georgia, the Tax Commissioner enforces regulations mandated by the state. The Tax Commissioner is also responsible for the collection of all taxes, fees, and penalties - in a timely manner - for motor vehicles as applicable under the Georgia Code. Our goal is to administer state law with integrity and fairness to our residents while providing quality customer service at the same time.