Texas Homestead Exemption

Texas Homestead Exemption

In Texas we have a great way to help reduce your tax burden. It is named the Texas Homestead Exemption and it removes part of your home's value from taxation. Which might save you thousands of dollars each year. To receive a Homestead Exemption on your home, you and your home must qualify by Jan 1 of the application year. You can apply for a Texas Homestead Exemption starting January 1 and no later than April 30.

Homestead Exemption Requirements

  1. You must have owned your home since January 1
  2. It must be your primary residence as of January 1

Homestead Exemption Required Documents

Your Homestead Exemption will be denied unless all of the required documents show the same homestead address.

  1. Fill out the application specific to your county appraisal district.
  2. Download Residential Homestead Exemption Application for your county
  3. Include a copy of your driver’s license or ID card
  4. Mail all of the documents to the Appraisal District for your County.

1. Download Residential Homestead Exemption Application for your County

2. Include a Copy of your Driver's License or Identification Card

Your driver's license needs to be from the Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) and the address must match the homestead address.

Homestead Exemption Frequently Asked Questions

(from the Texas comproller's office website)

What is Homestead Exemption?

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.

Do all homes qualify for Homestead Exemptions?

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 (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.

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

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 taxes. For example, if your home is appraised at $100,000, and you qualify for a $25,000 exemption (this is the amount mandated for school districts), you will pay school taxes on the home as if it was worth only $75,000. Taxing units have the option to offer a separate exemption, too. Click here to read about how to know if you qualify for Homestead Exemptions and what kind of exemptions are available to all homeowners. 

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