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Have You Filed for Your Homestead Exemption?

Have You Filed for Your Homestead Exemption?

January 25, 2021

There’s good news for last year’s home buyers, including our new Grand Central Park residents. They may be eligible to lower the amount of home value they’re taxed on. How? By filing for a homestead exemption by April 30, 2021.

What is a Homestead Exemption?

In Texas, a homestead exemption removes a portion of the amount of your home’s value from taxation. These amounts vary depending on the exemptions you qualify for but as they automatically renew each year, you can save a substantial amount on your property tax bills.

What is a Homestead?

A homestead is defined by the state of Texas as a separate structure (like a single-family home) condominium or a manufactured home located on owned or leased land up to 20 acres, as long as the individual living in the home owns it.

What Exemptions Are Available?

Several exemptions are available:

  • School Taxes - All residence homestead owners are allowed a $25,000 homestead exemption from their home's value for school taxes.
  • Over 65 or Disabled: Disabled homeowners or those 65 and older qualify for an additional $10,000. If you qualify for both the disabled and 65+ exemptions, you must choose one. You cannot receive both.
  • Surviving Spouse – The spouse of an individual who qualified for an age 65+ exemption if the deceased died in a year in which they qualified for the exemption, the surviving spouse was 55+ when the spouse died, and the property was and remains the primary residence.
  • 100 Percent Disabled Veterans – Veterans who are 100 percent disabled qualifies. Surviving spouses also may qualify.
  • Donated Residence of a Partially Disabled Veteran – Partially disabled veterans whose homes were donated to them by a charity may be eligible. Spouses of deceased veterans also may be eligible.
  • You're the Surviving Spouse of a Fallen Veteran or First Responder – Spouses of an active-duty service member or first responder killed in the line of duty may be eligible if they have not remarried.

How Much Can You Save?

Your savings could be quite substantial. For example, if your home cost $200,000 and you are eligible for school tax exemption, you will only be taxed on $175,000 of your home’s value. If you are 65+, you will save an additional $10,000 bringing the amount of taxes on the value of your home down to $165,000.

How Do You Qualify?

To qualify, your home must be your primary residence and you must be living in your home by Jan. 1 on the year you are applying for. You must be an individual — not a corporation or other business entity. If you are age 65 or older, or disabled, the January 1 ownership and residency qualifications are not required.

How Do You Apply?

Complete a copy of the Application for Residential Homestead Exemption from your county appraiser’s office. When you’ve finished the application, take it to your local tax appraisal office with a copy of your driver’s license showing the address of the home.

Didn’t Buy a Home This Year?

An exemption is good as long as you maintain residence in your home. If you move, you have to file for a new exemption. Purchase a new home in Grand Central Park and you will be eligible to save money on your property taxes in 2022.



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