It’s that time of year again. If you own and reside in your Austin home and did as of Tuesday, January 1, 2013, you are eligible for a residential homestead exemption, as long as you meet the other requirements. It is a tax exemption for a portion of your residential property, so you have a lower tax amount. If you have applied for and received an exemption in previous years, you don’t need to apply again unless you receive a new application request from your appraisal district or you have moved to a new residence in the area.
The physical address of the primary residence must match the property owner’s driver’s license and vehicle registration information. As a result, Homestead Exemption applications must be accompanied by the applicant’s Texas driver’s license or ID card and the applicant’s vehicle registration receipt.
If you don’t own a vehicle, you must have a notarized affidavit that confirms that fact. You must also submit a current utility bill with the matching property’s corresponding address instead of vehicle registration verification.
There are special exemptions for senior citizens, disabled military veterans and surviving spouses and children. Mobile homes that are owned but are placed on non-owned property are also eligible.
The application deadline period began on Jan 1, 2013 and runs through April 30, 2013. If your Homestead Exemption is not approved by the time the appraisal district sends out your property tax assessment in April, it won’t be reflected on your tax assessment but can be adjusted by bringing proof of the Homestead Exemption into your county tax assessor’s office.
For links to the new Texas Homestead Exemption Form and more appraisal district information for Hays County, Travis County and Williamson County, visit this York Real Estate Austin Info page on our website.