It’s that time of year again. If you purchased a home last year, you are now eligible to file your homestead exemption in the State of Texas (if you’ve lived in it as of January 1st).
Homestead exemptions are granted by the county appraisal district where the property is located. The exemption reduces a homeowner’s property tax bill by removing part of the home’s value from taxation. All Texas homeowners may receive a General Residence Homestead Exemption of $25,000 on the value of their property for school taxes. Other taxing entities may also offer exemptions of some percentage of the home’s value. Other exemptions are available to homeowners who are over 65 or disabled, and require the same application process.
Who qualifies to file for this exemption?
You may file for a homestead exemption if you meet the following criteria:
- You must own your home on January 1st of the year for which you are applying, unless you are over 65 and/or disabled, January 1st ownership and residency are not required.
- 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 a manufactured home. It can include up to 20 acres, if the land is also owned by the homeowner and used as a yard, or for another purpose related to the residential use of the home.
- You must apply between January 1st and April 30th of the year for which you want the exemption.
You might be asking, how do I file my homestead exemption?
- Complete the Application for Residential Homestead Exemption. You can find this form on most county appraisal district websites or click the link.
- Include a copy of your driver’s license or ID card. The address must match the homestead address.
Thanks to Independence Title for their use of this information!