Your Guide to Filing a Texas Homestead Exemption
If you purchased a home in 2020, get ready to file your Homestead Exemption Application! You may save thousands each year by applying for an exemption so don’t let the opportunity pass you by! A 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 owed each year. Starting January 1st, 2021, you’ll have the opportunity to submit an application on your primary residence.
How Do You Qualify for an Exemption?
The property you’re applying for must be your primary residence and you must own the home as of January 1st.
Is there a Homestead Exemption Deadline?
Applications must be submitted to the appropriate appraisal office no sooner that January 1st and generally, due not later than April 30th of the year the exemption is requested.
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 1st 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