As an Austin area homeowner, you might qualify for what is referred to as a Homestead Exemption. It gives homeowners a tax break on their primary residence property tax. Travis County recently made some changes to its Homestead Exemption application requirements, which were effective as of September 1, 2011.
While applicants have always had to show proof of residency, a significant new requirement has been added. In addition to providing the Travis Central Appraisal District with a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or state-issued ID card, those applying for the exemption must have additional proof of primary residency.
This can come in two forms. The most common is proof of ownership and vehicle registration for all vehicles for that address. Applicants should provide a copy of the receipt showing payment for the updated renewal for the vehicle, along with each individual’s Texas driver’s license and Texas vehicle registration. Keep in mind that a copy of the notice you received from the State telling you that your Texas vehicle registration is due is not sufficient. A copy of the actual receipt of your payment is what is needed. If you don’t own a registered vehicle, you can instead provide a signed affidavit stating this, plus a copy of the utility bill in your name for this property address.
For more information about changes to the Homestead Exemption requirements or the new application, visit the Travis Central Appraisal District’s website at www.traviscad.org.