In Texas, a homestead exemption is a legal provision that helps protect a homeowner's primary residence from creditors and may reduce the amount of property taxes owed on the property. Here are some important things to know about Texas homestead exemptions:
Eligibility: To qualify for a homestead exemption in Texas, you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence on January 1st of the year in which you are applying for the exemption.
Types of exemptions: There are several types of homestead exemptions in Texas, including the general homestead exemption, the over-65 exemption, the disabled person exemption, and the disabled veteran exemption. Each exemption has its own eligibility requirements and maximum exemption amount.
Applying for an exemption: To apply for a homestead exemption in Texas, you will need to complete an application with your county appraisal district. The deadline to apply is usually April 30th, although some counties may have a different deadline.
Benefits of an exemption: A homestead exemption can provide several benefits, including protection from creditors and a reduction in property taxes. The general homestead exemption can reduce the taxable value of your home by up to $25,000 for school district taxes, while the over-65 and disabled person exemptions can provide additional reductions.
Transferability: If you sell your homestead property and purchase a new primary residence in Texas, you may be able to transfer your homestead exemption to the new property.
It's important to note that while a homestead exemption can reduce the amount of property taxes owed on your home, it does not eliminate property taxes altogether. If you have questions about whether you are eligible for a homestead exemption or how to apply, you can contact your county appraisal district for more information.
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