January 5, 2019 | Anja Drewes Neidhardt
Now is the time for filing your homestead exemption in the county where the property is located.

What is a Residential Homestead Exemption?
A homestead exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and therefore lowers the amount of your property taxes.

Any homeowner who files an exemption on their primary residence they were living in as of January 1st of the tax year when they are applying is eligible for a homestead exemption. There are also special exceptions for anyone 65 years of age or older, as well as those who are disabled.Does a Homestead Exemption give me a break on my taxes?
Yes a Homestead exemptions remove part of your home's value from taxation, so they lower your taxes.

When should you file:
You should file your regular residential homestead exemption application between January 1 and April 30. Early applications will not be accepted.

Go online to your County’s webpage and print out the Homestead application Form and mail them along with a copy of property owner’s driver’s license. The address listed on the driver’s license must correspond to the property address for which the exemption is requested
After you’ve submitted your application, it can take four to six weeks for any action to be taken. If your application is rejected, you will be notified and given the opportunity to challenge the decision. The amount of your exemption depends on a number of factors, including where your home is located and how much it is worth.
After your exemption is accepted, you don’t have to apply again the following tax year. A homestead exemption lasts as long as you live in that residence.

Each homestead exemption situation is unique. If you have any questions regarding your situation, contact your county appraisal district's office.

Click on the links for your Forms:
Fort Bend Exemption Form
Harris County
Montgomery County


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