Texas Homestead Exemption

 

Property tax exemptions are one of the most meaningful and simple ways to reduce property taxes. The Texas legislature has provided numerous property tax exemptions for Texas taxpayers. Exemptions for homestead, over 65 homestead, disabled homestead, disabled veteran is just the start. 

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 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. If you are age 65 or older, the January 1 ownership and residency are not required for the age 65 homestead exemption.

Q: What is a homestead?
A: A homestead can be a separate structure, condominium or a mobile 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 used as a yard or for another purpose related to the residential use of the homestead.

Q: How do I get a homestead exemption? 
A: You must file an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption with the county appraisal district between January 1 and April 30 of the tax year — up to one year after you pay your taxes. During the year, if you turn 65 or become disabled, you must apply for the 65 or older or disabled exemption no later than one year from the qualification date. Once you receive the exemption, you do not need to reapply unless the chief appraiser sends you a new application. In that case, you must file the new application. If you should move or your qualifications end, you must inform the appraisal district in writing before the next May 1.