It's that time of year to remind everyone who bought a home in 2017 to go ahead and send in the information to get your homestead exemption in line. Below is more info on what a homestead exemption is and how to qualify for it. DO NOT pay to have this done as you will receive tons of SPAM mail to have it done, it's free and you can do it yourself very easily, see how here!!
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 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.
DO I MEET THE REQUIREMENTS?
• 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 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.
Due January 1st - April 30th
HOW TO APPLY:
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.
1. Download Residential Homestead Exemption Application for your County.
2. Include a Copy of your Driver’s License or Identification Exemption Application for your County: 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.
Travis County Click here to download the application
P.O. BOX 149012
Austin, TX 78714
Travis Central Appraisal District Website: https://www.traviscad.org
Williamson County Click here to download application
625 FM 1460
Georgetown, TX 78626
Williamson Central Appraisal District Website: https://www.wcad.org
Hays County Click here to download the application
21001 IH 35 North
Kyle, Texas 78640
Hays Central Appraisal District Website: https://www.hayscad.com
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