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To qualify for the general residence homestead exemption an individual must have an ownership interest in the property and use the property as the individual's principal residence. An applicant is required to state that he or she does not claim an exemption on another residence homestead in or outside of Texas.
Property tax in Texas is a locally assessed and locally administered tax. There is no state property tax. Property tax brings in the most money of all taxes available to local governments to pay for schools, roads, police and firemen, emergency response services, libraries, parks and other services provided by local governments.
Texas offers a variety of partial or total, sometimes referred to as absolute, exemptions from appraised property values used to determine local property taxes.
Residence Homestead (for primary residence)
Inherited Residence Homestead
Age 65 or Older or Disabled Persons
Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses of Disabled Veterans
Surviving Spouse of First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty
Charitable Organizations and Businesses
Active duty military may be able to apply their homestead exemption without getting a Texas driver's license. Contact your appropriate County Appraisal District for more info.
For more information and exemption forms visit Comptroller.Texas.Gov or your local tax appraisal district.