Houston County Ag and Horticulture News

Changes to Your GATE Card

Don’t throw away any mail you get from the Georgia Department of Agriculture it could be a very important password.  

The Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) is a program created through legislation, which offers qualified agriculture producers a sales tax exemption on agricultural equipment and production inputs. Qualified farmers and agricultural producers can apply to receive a certificate showing that they are eligible for this exemption.

You will now need a password to access the system.  This password is going to be mailed to current GATE card holders so don’t throw away any mail from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The letters should be in the mail next week and emailed to those with addresses on file.  The online renewal system should open up next week, but you can’t do anything until you have the password.  The fees for all cards must be paid online by credit card or e-check.  the Department of Agiculture will no longer accept checks as payment.

There are also some changes to the rules and qualifications for the 2019 season.  you can view the brochure to see the changes here.  GATE Program Flyer 

One big change is this: As of 2019 production year, cards will be issued for a three-year term. This will be implemented in a three year phase-in process.  All applications will be processed electronically and charged a fee based on the expiration date of their card. One third of applicants will receive a three-year card ($150), one third will receive a two year card ($100), and one third will receive a one year card ($50).

For assistance, call the Customer Service Center at 855-FARM TAX (855-327-6829) or email farmtax@agr.georgia.gov.