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It’s Time to File for Your Property Tax Exemptions

In Texas, homeowners have from January 1st to April 30th to file for any property tax exemptions for which they are eligible. 

WHAT IS A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION? 

Homestead exemptions are granted by the county appraisal district where the property is located. The exemption reduces a homeowner’s property tax bill by removed part of the home’s value from taxation. All Texas homeowners may receive a General Residence Homestead Exemption on the value of their property for school taxes upon application. Other taxing entities may also offer exemptions of some percentage of the home’s value. Other exemptions are available to homeowners who are 65 or disabled or veterans, and require the same application process.

WHO QUALIFIES?

These requirements must be met to receive the exemption:

  • You must own the home on January 1st of the year for which you are applying
  • You must reside at the home as your principal residence on January 1st of that year, and not claim any other property as homestead.
  • Only individual homeowners (not corporations or other entities) may receive a homestead exemption.
  • A homestead can be a house, condominium or manufactured home. It can include up to 20 acres , if the land is also owner by the homeowner and used as a yard, or for another purpose related to the residential use of the home.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

Your Homestead Exemption will denied unless all the required documents show the same homestead address. First, fill out the application specific to your County Appraisal District, them mail all of the documents to the Appraisal District for your County.

1. Where to Download Applications

TRAVIS COUNTY: Click for Homestead Exemption Application Mail to PO BOX 149012, Austin TX 7714 www.traviscad.org

WILLIAMSON COUNTY: File Online or Click Here to Download Application Mail to 625 FM 1460, Georgetown TX 78626 www.wcad.org

HAYS COUNTY:  Click Here to Download Application Mail to 21001 IH 35 North, Kyle TX 78640 Website www.hayscad.org

2. What to Include

Copy of Driver’s License or Identification Card. The Driver’s License need to be from the Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) and the address must match the homestead address