Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection Notice

Texas Real Estate Commission Information About Brokerage Services

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File a homestead exemption

The exemption removes part of your home's value from taxation resulting in a reduction in property taxes. Obtaining a residential home exemption begins with an application filed with the appraisal district in the county where your property is located. The easiest method is to file electronically via the HCAD App. Available in the Apple or Google App Stores. 

Deadline: The appraisal district requires applications for residential homestead exemptions to be filed from January 1st through April 30th in the year the exemption is intended.

 

HOW DO YOU QUALIFY?

If you owned and occupied your property as your principle residence on or before January 1st of this tax year, and no other residences are currently claimed, you may qualify.

1. Using your mobile phone, download the HCAD App from the App store and follow the prompts to file electronically. Alternatively, homeowners may file through mail via a Homestead Application Form

2. Copy of your driver's license (address must match residence address)

3. Contact your appraisal district for any other specific requirements

Additional Exemptions: The residential homestead exemption application includes options for additional exemptions. As an example, you may apply for an over 65 exemption using this application. 

Harris County

713.957.7800

Fort Bend County

281.344.8623

Galveston County

409.935.1980

Brazoria County

979.849.7792

Montgomery County

936.441.2186

Waller County

979.921.0060

 

(click on the county name to access the website)