A homestead exemption gives homeowners a discount on their property taxes by lowering the tax assessed value by a set amount and placing a yearly cap on the amount the tax assessed value can increase each year. In order to qualify for this exemption, homeowners must have owned the home January 1st of the current year of filing, occupy home as primary residence, and you and your spouse (if applicable) do not claim a residence homestead exemption on another property.
Effective September 1, 2011, the Texas Legislature has changed the filing requirements for homeowners filing a homestead exemption. Homeowners must provide proof to the county appraisal district that they live in the house they claim as their principle residence. The new law requires a copy of the homeowner’s Texas driver’s license or state identification card and the homeowner’s vehicle registration receipt. If the homeowner does not own a vehicle they can send a current utility bill showing name and address, along with an affidavit provided in the application indicating non-ownership of a vehicle. The address on the documents must match the address for which the exemption is being requested.
These new requirements apply to homeowners filing a homestead exemption as well as over-65 exemption, disability exemption, the disabled veterans exemption, the extended exemption for a homeowner’s surviving spouse and the manufactured home exemption. The exemption form can be filed between January 1st and April 30th of the current year you are requesting the exemption. This new law does not apply to homeowners how have already filed homestead exemptions.
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