Texas Homestead Exemption

Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 4:32am.

It’s that time of year again, fellow Austinites. Although the holiday season is behind us, there’s still plenty to look forward to this year. For example, now is the perfect time to apply for the Travis County Homestead Exemption. Filing your application is a great way to start 2013, as you can significantly reduce your taxes. So how does the Homestead Exemption work? In a nutshell, for all qualified applicants, the Texas Homestead Exemption reduces the taxes one owes on their home by a certain percentage. After the exemptions have been applied, the state will reduce your taxes by hundreds of dollars. Once you are granted the exemption, there’s no need to reapply annually (unless the Appraisal District specifies otherwise). And best of all- there’s no charge to submit the application.

Eligibility: Exemptions are granted to homeowners who apply for the exemption on the home of their primary residence that they were living in as of January 1st of the year in which the exemption is requested. There are also exceptions for those disabled or 65 and older.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your application: Travis County Homestead Exemption Application. Williamson County residents need to complete this form: Williamson County Homestead Exemption Application and Hays County residents should complete the Hays County Homestead Exemption Application. *Important Tip* For married couples, either person may be listed at the owner, just remember that the required documents must refer to the person listed as owner.
  2. Include proof of residency documentation (The homeowner's Texas driver's license or state ID card and vehicle registration receipt).
  3. Submit the application no later than April 30th to the county appraisal district where your property is located. Applications can be submitted by mail, fax (512-834-8651), or hand delivered by those in Travis County.  Be sure to call the Travis County Appraisal District (512-834-9138) if you have any questions.
To learn more about how you can save money via the Homestead Exemption, check out our in-depth page all about the Texas Homestead Exemption. For all other questions, reference the Homestead Exemption Application or visit the Texas Comptroller’s website.

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