Applying for a Homestead Exemption

Applying for a Homestead Exemption

If you purchased a home in 2018, you have until April 30, 2019 to file for a homestead exemption.  Once you're granted a homestead exemption, if you continue to use the same property as your primary residence you do not need to reapply.

When can I apply?

January 1 - April 30.

What is a homestead exemption?

Homestead exemptions remove part of your home's value from taxation.

Who qualifies?

• The home's owner must be an individual (for example: not a corporation or other business entity).

• The home's owner must use it as the primary residence on January 1 of the tax year the individual is applying for.

• A homestead can be a separate structure, condominium or a manufactured home located on owned or leased land, as long as the individual living in the home owns it. 

     • A homestead can include up to 20 acres, if the land is owned by the homeowner and used for a purpose related to the residential use of the homestead.

*If you are age 65 or older, or disabled, the January 1 ownership and residency are not required for the age 65 or disabled homestead exemption.

How do I apply?

Texas Comptroller Information Homestead Exemptions are due by April 30th, read more on their site: here.

1. Download Residential Homestead Exemption Application for your County

     • Travis County: Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 149012, Austin, TX 78714-9012

     • Williamson County: Mailing Address: 625 FM 1460, Georgetown, TX 78626-8050

     • Hays County: Mailing Address: 21001 IH 35 North, Kyle, Texas 78640

     • Bastrop County or Call 512-303-1930 ext. 22: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 578, Bastrop, TX 78602

     • Llano County: Mailing Address: 103 E. Sandstone St., Llano, Texas 78643

2. Include a Copy of your Driver's License or Identification 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.

What homestead exemptions are available?

There are several types of exemptions you may receive.

School taxes: All residence homestead owners are allowed a $25,000 homestead exemption from their home's value for school taxes.

County taxes: If a county collects a special tax for farm-to-market roads or flood control, a residence homestead is allowed to receive a $3,000 exemption for this tax. If the county grants an optional exemption for homeowners age 65 or older or disabled, the owners will receive only the local-option exemption.

Age 65 or older and disabled exemptions: Individuals age 65 or older or disabled residence homestead owners qualify for a $10,000 homestead exemption for school taxes, in addition to the $25,000 exemption for all homeowners. If the owner qualifies for both the $10,000 exemption for age 65 or older homeowners and the $10,000 exemption for disabled homeowners, the owner must choose one or the other for school taxes. The owner cannot receive both exemptions.

Optional percentage exemptions: Any taxing unit, including a city, county, school, or special district, may offer an exemption of up to 20 percent of a home's value. But, no matter what the percentage is, the amount of an optional exemption cannot be less than $5,000. Each taxing unit decides if it will offer the exemption and at what percentage. This percentage exemption is added to any other home exemption for which an owner qualifies. The taxing unit must decide before July 1 of the tax year to offer this exemption.

Optional age 65 or older or disabled exemptions: Any taxing unit may offer an additional exemption amount of at least $3,000 for taxpayers age 65 or older and/or disabled.