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Boards of Equalization and the Appeals Process

Developed by the Institute of Government in partnership with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), this online course provides eight hours of continuing education for members and alternates of county boards of equalization, tax commissioners, tax assessors, and tax appraisers. The course fulfills the required annual continuing education requirement for board members. Ten comprehensive course lessons cover a broad overview of appraisal and equalization processes, updates on important concepts and terminology, and recent changes in statutory or case law.

The course may be taken once every four years by Tax Commissioners, Tax Appraisers, and Tax Assessors who are eligible to receive credit for the course.

There are no prerequisites for this course. The Georgia Department of Revenue awards pre-qualified Board of Equalization members and alternate members a Letter of Completion upon completion of the course. Others eligible to receive credit for this course may request a Certificate of Completion and the award of credit from the Department of Revenue. The University of Georgia awards 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

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Exempt Properties

This course is a self-study training course approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for Hearing Officers, members and alternate members of County Boards of Equalization, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers, and Assessment Contractors. Board of Equalization members and alternate members may complete the course during the first year of a reappointment term and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Hearing Officers, Tax Commissioners, Tax Appraisers, Tax Assessors, and Assessment Contractors may complete the class annually and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

This course identifies the categories of real and personal property that are exempt from ad valorem taxation along with the federal and state laws granting the specific exemptions and noteworthy court cases for precedents and clarification.

Successful graduates of this course will receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Georgia. Those pre-qualified Hearing Officers, Board of Equalization members and alternate members, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers and Assessment Contractors will receive a Letter of Completion from the Georgia Department of Revenue. The Letter of Completion will be emailed in the month following successful completion of the course.

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Hearing Officer Annual Update

This course is a self-study training course approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for Hearing Officers, members and alternate members of County Boards of Equalization, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers and Assessment Contractors. Board of Equalization members and alternate members may complete the course during the first year of a reappointment term and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Hearing Officers, Tax Commissioners, Tax Appraisers, Tax Assessors and Assessment Contractors may complete the class annually and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

This course will update you on hearing officer’s administrative processes and procedures, any recent changes in statutory or case law, and changes to important concepts and terminology.

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the course with the exception of board of equalization members and alternates who may only enroll to receive credit during the first year of a reappointment term to the board.

Successful graduates of this course will receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Georgia. Those pre-qualified Hearing Officers, Board of Equalization members and alternate members, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers, and Assessment Contractors will receive a Letter of Completion from the Georgia Department of Revenue. The Letter of Completion will be emailed in the month following successful completion of the course. 

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Specialized Assessments

This course is a self-study training course approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for members and alternate members of County Boards of Equalization, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers, and Assessment Contractors. Board of Equalization members and alternate members may complete the course during the first year of a reappointment term and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Tax Commissioners may complete the course annually and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Tax Appraisers, Tax Assessors and Assessment Contractors may complete the class once every four years and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

This course will update you on administrative, appraisal and equalization processes and procedures, any recent changes in statutory or case law, and updates on important concepts and terminology.

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in this course for members and alternative members of Georgia County Boards of Equalization, Tax Commissioners, and Assessment Contractors. Tax Assessors must have successfully completed their Foundation Courses as prerequisites. Tax Appraisers must have successfully completed Course 1 - Certification for Assessors, Course 1A - Assessment Fundamentals and the Specialized Assessments 20 hour class as prerequisites before enrolling in Specialized Assessments.

Successful graduates of this course will receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Georgia. Those pre-qualified Board of Equalization members and alternate members, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers, and Assessment Contractors will receive a Letter of Completion from the Georgia Department of Revenue. The Letter of Completion will be emailed in the month following successful completion of the course. 

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