New Law for Property Tax Homestead Exemption Applications

September 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 


Under a law passed by the Texas Legislature homeowners who apply for a new property tax homestead exemption beginning Sept. 1 must provide proof to the county appraisal district that they live in the house they claim as their principal residence.

House Bill 252 requires a copy of the homeowner’s Texas driver’s license or state identification card and the homeowners vehicle registration receipt be sent with the homestead exemption application. 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 homestead exemption is requested.

The new requirement does not apply to homeowners who already have homestead exemptions. It affects only new applications for exemptions sent to appraisal districts.

The new law affects new applications for the general homestead exemption available to every homeowner as well as the over-65 exemption, the disability exemption, the disabled veterans exemption, the extended exemption for a homeowner’s surviving spouse and the manufactured (mobile) home exemption.

If you purchased a home through West Austin Properties, we will send you the necessary forms to file your exemption and instructions for completing it.

Thanks to Austin Title for distributing information about these new requirements. They keep us informed so we can keep you informed.

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