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!!


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.


• 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


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

Mailing Address:

P.O. BOX 149012

Austin, TX 78714

Travis Central Appraisal District Website:

Williamson County  Click here to download application

Mailing Address:

625 FM 1460

Georgetown, TX 78626

Williamson Central Appraisal District Website:

Hays County  Click here to download the application

Mailing Address:

21001 IH 35 North

Kyle, Texas 78640

Hays Central Appraisal District Website:

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