Homestead Laws


Homestead and other exemptions "You may apply for homestead exemptions on your principal residence. Homestead exemptions remove part of your home's value from taxation, so they lower your taxes... For example, your home is appraised at $100,000, and you qualify for a $15,000 exemption (this is the amount mandated for school districts), you will pay school taxes on the home as if it was worth only $85,000. Taxing units have the option to offer a separate exemption of up to 20 percent of the total value... There are several types of exemptions you may receive: School taxes: All residence homestead owners may receive a $15,000 homestead exemption from their home's value for school taxes... Age 65 or older and disabled exemptions: Individuals 65 and older and/or disabled residence homestead owners may qualify for a $10,000 homestead exemption for school taxes, in addition to the $15,000 exemption for all homeowners...The owner cannot receive both exemptions...Q: How do I get a general $15,000 homestead exemption? A: You may file an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption with your appraisal district... Q: If I own only 50 percent of the home I live in, do I qualify for the residence homestead exemption on the home? A: Yes. However, if you qualify for a homestead exemption and are not the sole owner of the property to which the homestead exemption applies, the exemption you receive is based on the interest you own. For example, you own a 50 percent interest in a homestead and will receive one half, or $7,500, of a $15,000 homestead offered by a school district.
Application for Residential Homestead Exemption
Exemptions for Disabled and 65+ Q: How do I get an additional $10,000 65 or older or disabled homestead exemption? A: You may apply to the appraisal district up to one year after the date you turn 65 or qualify for disability, or up to one year after the taxes are due, whichever is later. If your application is approved, you will receive the exemption for the entire year in which you turn 65 or become disabled and for subsequent years as long as you own a qualified homestead. Beginning in 2005, if your date of birth was on your original homestead application or other written correspondence to the appraisal district about your homestead you will automatically receive the 65 or older exemption without applying, if you are entitled to the general homestead exemption... Q: How do I qualify for a disabled person's exemption? A: You are eligible for this exemption if you can't engage in gainful work because of a physical or mental disability or you are 55 years old and blind and can't engage in your previous work because of the blindness. To qualify, you must meet the Social Security definition for disabled.
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