Can a homestead exemption help lower property taxes in Texas?
As a Texas homeowner, you most likely qualify for a homestead exemption to lower your property tax bill. Homestead exemptions are simple to apply for. We are going to give you details on how the 2021 Texas Homestead Tax Exemption works and where you can apply for it.
A homestead exemption removes part of the value of your home from taxation. Without an exemption, you pay taxes based on the value of your home, but with a homestead exemption it lowers the taxable value to the assessed value, then you pay taxes on the lower amount.
There are several kinds of exemptions:
• Homestead Exemption
• Disabled Individual Exemption
• Agricultural Land Exemption
• Disabled Veteran Exemption
• Over 65 Exemption
How do I qualify for an exemption?
In order to qualify, you must own your home and the property must be your primary residence on January 1, 2021. Your primary residence is the only property that qualifies for a Homestead Exemption. This means the owner of the home must live at the home as of January 1st of the tax year and be an individual.
What items do I need to have to apply for this exemption?
You will need your Texas driver’s license or state ID card. The property address on the exemption application must match the address listed on the applicant’s driver’s license. If you are a new homeowner, your appraisal district should send you a form, usually by the end of January. JCA Realtors is emailing forms to our clients who are new homeowners in 2020.
What form do I need to complete?
You’ll need to file an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption for FREE with the county appraisal district. (See a list of counties below with links to download forms.)
Is there a deadline to complete my application?
Your form must be filed between January 1st and April 30th of the tax year. It is your responsibility as the homeowner to apply for exemptions.
After you’ve submitted your application, it can take four to six weeks for any action to be taken. If your application is rejected, you will be notified and given the opportunity to challenge the decision. If you have any questions regarding your situation, contact your county appraisal district’s office.
After your exemption is accepted, you don’t have to apply again the following tax year. A homestead exemption lasts as long as you live in that residence, but be sure to revisit your exemption status if you become disabled or turn 65, as this can impact what exemptions you qualify for. If you move to a new home, the exemption on your old home expires and you will need to file a new homestead exemption for your new residence.
Download your Texas Homestead application for your appropriate county by clicking the links listed below:
FORT BEND COUNTY: