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Questions about your homestead exemption?

Homestead exemptions reduce property taxes by 20% for many homeowners. Homestead property tax exemptions are required by Texas law. Homestead exemptions vary by county, city and school district. 

The only requirements for a basic homestead exemption are: 

1) Own the house on January 1 of tax year and 

 2) Home is your primary residence on January 1 of current tax year. 

There is no fee for a homestead exemption. The forms are available online and most homestead exemption applications are granted upon filing the application (and including a copy of driver’s license that lists your home address).

The over-65 homestead exemption is available the day you or your spouse turns 65. You do not have to be 65 on January 1 to qualify for over-65 homestead exemption. The over-65 homestead exemption freezes your school property taxes. They will never increase from the base year unless your renovate or expand your house. The over-65 exemption is portable. If you sell your home and move anywhere in Texas, your over-65 homestead exemption can be transferred. The new school taxes are based on the same % of value as for the home you sold. I.e. if the school taxes for home sold were based on 65% of home value, school taxes for new home will be based on 65% of new home value.

The over-65 homestead exemption can generally be retained for a person who moves to a retirement home. The following qualify for 100% property tax exemption for house:

1) Disabled veteran with 100% disability rating for service-related injury,

2) Surviving spouse of 100% disabled veteran who remains in same house,

3) Surviving spouse of first responder killed during service.

Call us at 713-290-9700 for free help with homestead exemption questions.  The basics are simple, but homestead exemptions can be complex if your home is flooded or if your home is part of a commercial property (only the portion used for a residence qualifies).

Blog Author

Patrick O’Connor, MAI, Owner and President
Patrick O’Connor has been active in reducing property taxes, providing expert witness testimony and appraising commercial real estate property since 1983. Pat is active in publishing analyses and data with respect to the real estate market, while being a highly regarded media spokesperson for the real estate community. He holds a MAI, the highest achievable designation from the Appraisal Institute, and is a licensed senior property tax consultant. Pat earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In 2001, he authored the first definitive consumer guide to Texas property taxes, Cut Your Texas Property Taxes.

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