Homestead Exemption For New Homeowners
Updated: Jan 24
Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, which reduces your property taxes. To claim homestead exemption, you need to own and occupy your home as of January 1st of the year in which you apply. It must also be your principal residence (aka you can't claim homestead on multiple homes). To claim the exemption, visit your county’s appraisal district’s website.
How To Apply
To apply for homestead exemption in your county, follow these steps:
Below are the steps for Travis County in Texas (what up, Austin!), but if you simply google, “CountyName homestead exemption”, you will be directed to the website of your county’s appraisal district to file the necessary application.
Google, “Travis County Homestead Exemption”
Click the first link (https://traviscad.org/homesteadexemptions)
Scroll down a hair, and click, “Apply Online”
Enter in your account details, or login if you’ve done this before
Click, “Start New Application”
Enter in your details and click “Submit”
Once you have filed and received your homestead exemption, you do not need to reapply in the future unless you move to a new home (which requires a new homestead exemption application), or your qualifications change. Read more on Travis Central Appraisal District's Website, here.
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