Time to File Your Residential Homestead Exemption

Time to File Your Residential Homestead Exemption


What is a Homestead Exemption?

The homestead exemption reduces a homeowner’s property tax by removing part of the home’s value from taxation. All Texas homeowners may apply for and receive a General Residence Homestead Exemption of $25,000 on the value of their property for school taxes. Other taxing entities may also offer exemptions of some percentage of the home’s value. Other exemptions are available to homeowners who are over 65 or disabled, and require the same application process. All exemptions are through the county appraisal district where the property is located.

Who qualifies?

These requirements must be met to receive the exemption:

1. You must own your home on January 1st of the year for which you are applying. (if you are over 65 and/or disabled, January 1st ownership and residency are not required.)

2. The home must be your principal residence on January 1st of that year, and you may not claim any other property as a homestead.

3. A homestead can be a house, condominium or a manufactured home. It can include up to 20 acres, if the land is also owned by the homeowner and used as a yard, or for another purpose related to the residential use of the home.

4. You must apply between January 1st and April 30th of the year in which the exemption is granted.

How to apply:

1. Complete the Application for Residential Homestead Exemption available on the websites of most county appraisal districts, or at the Texas Comptroller’s website at https://comptroller.texas.gov/

2. Include a copy of your Driver’s License or Identification Card from the Texas Department of Public Safety at www.txdps.state.tx.us. The address must match the homestead address.


How to File for Your Residential Homestead Exemption


Collin County – www.collincad.org

1. Go to Downloads, then select Forms.

2. Select Residential Exemption, click Residential Homestead Exemption Application.

3. Print & complete the form

4. Mail the completed form to the address at the top, left of the application form.


Dallas County – www.dallascad.org

1. Select Forms under navigation links on the left hand side.

2. Select Residence Homestead Exemption Application*

*The Residence Homestead Exemption Application form is available from the details page of your account. You may search for your account by owner, by account or by address. Select the link “Print Homestead Exemption Form”.


Denton County – www.dentoncad.org

1. Go to https://www.dentoncad.com/exemptions then select Apply for a Homestead Application.

2. Download the form Application for Residence Homestead Exemption (includes Over-65 and Disabled) and fill it out.

3. Mail the completed form to the address at the top, left of the application form.


Tarrant County – www.tad.org

1. Select Forms from the Menu at the top and click Homestead Exemption.

2. Download and complete the form & mail to the address at the top, left of the application form.

For more info, contact us at 469-451-6330

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This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice, and no person should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information contained here without first seeking appropriate legal or other professional advice. The information provided is not intended for any viewer to accept and/or rely on as legal advice. Consult a licensed attorney or other qualified professional with questions.

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