Alabama Homestead Exemption and Property Tax Rates

Alabama Homestead Exemption

The State of Alabama provides a Homestead Exemption or
reduced tax for a property owner that owns a single-family residence and occupies it on the first day of the tax year for which they are applying.

This reduced tax is less than one half that of the non homestead tax rate.


How to Qualify

Rule 1 is that the owner must qualify;
Rule 2 is that the owner must claim homestead before the deadline.  


  • Rule 1:      To qualify, the property must be owner-occupied as a homestead on October 1 of a given year.  If the house is empty on October 1, there will be no homestead exemption on that year's tax bill.
  • Rule 2a:     If the new owner/buyer is living in the property on October 1, he must also claim his homestead exemption by December 31.  
  • Rule 2b:    If the seller is living in his homestead but sells it after October 1, the new owner does not need to worry about the December 31 deadline so long as he claims homestead before next fall.  Naturally, he should claim homestead as soon as possible.
October buyers will not get a homestead exemption if they buy from an investor or if the seller claimed homestead but has already moved out. 

How and where to apply for Alabama Homestead Exemption.

Two to six weeks after the purchase of your new home, You will receive a copy of the recorded deed from the closing attorney or title company. Take the deed along with photo identification to the one of the following locations and fill out a simple form to receive homestead exemption status.

Madison County tax assessor's office 
Madison County Courthouse
1st floor (Room 121)
100 Northside Sq
Huntsville, AL 35801-4800
Phone:   (256) 532-3350  (256) 532-3350  

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If there is not a parking spot on the courthouse square, park in the lower level of the parking garage on the southwest corner of the square. The entrance is on Gates Ave. Park at a meter and enter the courthouse. The officer at the metal detector will direct you to the license department. If there is a line walk past it. holding up your deed with it's blue backing.

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Parkway Place Mall
2801 Memorial Pkwy SW
Huntsville, AL 35801-6519

The annex is at the back side of the mall, on the north end, downstairs. It's tucked away in a corner a little and a little hard to find. If there is a line walk past it. holding up your deed with it's blue backing.

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Homes for sale in Huntsville Homestead Exemption

Flint Crossing  Publix Shopping Center
12290 Highway 231 431 N
Meridianville, AL 35759-1200

Interactive map to find closest location to file for Alabama Homestead Exemption.

The tax year is from October 1 through September 30. Property Taxes Are Due Oct. 1 of each year and become delinquent Jan. 1.

The amount of taxes for a given property can be estimated by multiplying the tax rate below by the value of the property and then subtracting $48. 

To estimate the amount of taxes without homestead exemption, multiply the tax rate below by the value of the home and then multiply by 2.

Huntsville City      .00580
Madison      .00575
Gurley      .00405
Triana      .00495
Owens Cross Roads      .00405
New Hope      .00405

Madison County



Research assessed value and tax collection history of any Madison County property. Search by address or owner. Click collection record for actual taxes paid and owed.


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