Property Tax Homestead Exemption Applications Due April 30th

The following are helpful questions and answers about homestead exemptions:

Q: Do I, as a homeowner, get a tax break from property taxes?

A: You may apply for homestead exemptions on your principal residence. Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, so they lower your property taxes.

Q: Do all homes qualify for homestead exemptions?

 A: No, only a homeowner’s principal residence qualifies. To qualify, a home must meet the definition of a residence homestead: The home’s owner must be an individual (for example: not a corporation or other business entity) and use the home as his or her principal residence on January 1 of the tax year.

 Q: What is a homestead?

A: A homestead can be a separate structure, condominium or a manufactured home located on owned or leased land, as long as the individual living in the home owns it. A homestead can include up to 20 acres, if the land is owned by the homeowner and used as a yard or for another purpose related to the residential use of the homestead.

 Q: How do I apply for my homestead exemption?

A: Under a law passed by the Texas Legislature, homeowners who apply for a new property tax homestead exemption must provide proof to the county appraisal district that they live in the house they claim as their principal residence.

House Bill 252 requires a copy of the homeowner’s Texas driver’s license or state identification card and the homeowner’s vehicle registration receipt be sent with the homestead exemption application.

If you do not own a vehicle, you can send a current utility bill showing name and address, along with an affidavit provided in the application indicating non-ownership of a vehicle.

The address on the documents must match the address for which the homestead exemption is requested.

Q: Is there a fee to file for an exemption?

A: The appraisal districts do not charge a fee and it is not necessary for you to pay a company to file your homestead exemption.

Q: Do I apply for a homestead exemption annually?

A: Only a one-time application is required, unless by written notice, the Chief Appraiser requests the property owner to file a new application

To find the appropriate Homestead Exemption Application for your county, click here.





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