If you purchased a home in 2018, the New Year means it’s time to file your Homestead Exemption Application! For those that don’t know or understand, the homestead exemption is a benefit to homeowners allowing for the removal of a portion of the home’s value from taxation, which in turn lowers the property taxes you pay each year.
How Do You Qualify for an Exemption?
The property you are applying for must be your primary residence and you must own the home as of January 1st of this year.
Is there a Homestead Exemption Deadline?
Applications must be submitted to the appropriate appraisal office no sooner that January 1 but no later than April 30.
Do All Homes Qualify for an Exemption?
No, only a homeowner’s principal residence qualifies and to qualify, a home must meet the definition of a residence homestead: the owner must be an individual (not a corporation or other business entity) and use the home as his or her principal residence on January 1 of the tax year.
What Homestead Exemptions are Available?
You are allowed one primary residence and one homestead exemption. There are several different types of homestead exemptions including Age 65 or Older or Disabled Persons Exemption, Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans and Optional Exemptions.
How do You Apply for a Homestead Exemption in Texas?
The Application for Residence Homestead Exemption is required to apply for a homestead exemption. You can WebFile or use the downloadable PDF reports from the website. For more information, please contact your County Appraisal District. We’ve provided links to local Texas appraisal districts below:
Fort Bend County