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Filing Your Homestead Exemption

Posted by Christina Catalano, Broker on January 15, 2015

If you bought your home in 2014, it’s time to file your homestead exemption.  The property taxes you owe on your home each year are computed as a percentage of the home’s assessed valuation from the local Taxing Authority.  An exemption removes a percentage or fixed dollar amount of the property’s value from taxation, thus lowering the taxes you will owe each year.  A homestead exemption need only be filled out once, and you can apply for the exemption so long as you owned the home as your primary residence on January 1st of this year.

According to the State of Texas, “School districts are required to offer a $15,000 exemption on residence homesteads. Any taxing unit, including a city, county, school district or special district, has the option of offering a separate exemption of up to 20 percent of the property’s appraised value, but not less than $5,000. A county may also offer a $3,000 exemption if it collects for farm-to-market roads or flood control.”

The Homestead Exemption does not have an associated fee.  Fill out the form, send the required documentation, and mail or hand deliver it to your Appraisal District Office.  The application for exemption must be delivered to your Appraisal District office no later than April 30th.

Please note: most counties require you send a copy of your Driver’s License or State Issued Identification Certificate with your new address.  Make sure that you have taken care of the address change on your identification in plenty of time to send a copy with your Homestead Exemption.

Click the link below for your county 2015 Homestead Exemption Application:

Williamson County Homestead Exemption Form —– Williamson County Tax Assessor Website
Travis County Homestead Exemption Form —–Travis County Tax Assessor Website
Hays County Homestead Exemption Form —– Hays County Tax Assessor Website
Burnet County Homestead Exemption Form —– Burnet County Tax Assessor Website
Blanco County Homestead Exemption Form —– Blanco County Tax Assessor Website
Bastrop County Homestead Exemption Form —– Bastrop County Tax Assessor Website

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