What is the Texas Homestead Exemption?
In simple terms, owning a home in Texas entitles you to exempt part of its value from your taxes if it is your primary residence. In 2019 all homeowners are eligible to have the taxable values on their homes reduced by $25,000!
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 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 over 65 or disabled and require the same application process.
These requirements must be met to receive the exemption:
You must own your 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 a 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.
How to Apply for a Homestead Exemption
Your Homestead Exemption will be denied unless all of the required documents show the same homestead address. First, fill out the application specific to your County Appraisal District, then mail all of the documents to the Appraisal District for your County.
Download Residential Homestead Exemption Application for your County:
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.