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    HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS


    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 removing part of the home’s value from taxation. All Texas homeowners may receive a General Residence Homestead Exemption of 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.


    WHO QUALIFIES?
    • You must own your home on January 1st of the year for which you are applying.  It will prorate as of the date you occupy the home.
    • 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.


    WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DUE?
    Exemption applications can be submitted to the Appraisal District for the county of the subject property.
    Applications are due no later than April 30th and can be submitted by mail and in some cases online via the county website.

    HOW DO YOU APPLY?
    It is recommended that you apply for your Homestead exemption as soon as you have updated your driver’s license with your new address as most counties will require that. As of January 1st, 2022, you may apply for your homestead exemption at any point in the year. Your Homestead Exemption will be denied unless all 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.  NOTE:  Most of the counties (shown below) provide an Online Application Process option.

    1. Download Residential Exemption Application for your county.
    2. Include a copy of your Driver’s License or ID 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.


    ADDRESSES AND WEBSITES TO MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU

    Travis County | www.traviscad.org | File Online
    Mailing Address:  850 East Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752

    Williamson County | www.wcad.org File Online
    Mailing Address: 625 FM 1460, Georgetown, TX 78626

    Hays County | www.hayscad.com |  File Online
    Mailing Address: 21001 North IH-35, Kyle, TX 78640

    Bell County | www.bellcad.org |  File Online
    Mailing Address: P.O.Box 390, Belton, TX 76513

    Mailing Address: PO Drawer 578, Bastrop, TX 78602



    DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FORM (PDF)

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