Homestead exemptions remove part of your home's value from taxation which, depending on the value of your home, could potentially save you thousands each year. If you want to receive a Homestead Exemption for the taxes on your home, your home must first qualify as a residence homestead on January 1 of the year in which you are applying.
"A homestead exemption helps you save money on your home tax. An exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and lowers your taxes. For example, if your home is valued at $100,000 and you qualify for a $20,000 exemption, you pay taxes on your home as if it was worth only $80,000."
You must first qualify as a residence homestead on January 1st of the year in which you are applying
Deadline: January 1st – April 30th
You must own a home as well as occupy your home as your primary residence on January 1st of the year of which you are requesting an exemption.
First: Fill out the application specific to your county appraisal district, then mail all of the documents to the appraisal district for your county.
Download Residential Homestead Exemption Application for your county
Include a copy of your driver’s license or ID card. Address on your ID must match the property address for the exemption application.
Your Homestead Exemption will be denied unless all of the required documents show the same homestead address. First, fill out the application specific to your County Appraisal District, then mail all of the documents to the appraisal district for your county.
You can now electronically file your residential homestead exemption online utilizing the HCAD Mobile App. To submit the homestead application utilizing the mobile app, you will need 4 items.
To submit via mail, please use the links below.
Mailing Address: Harris County Appraisal District, PO BOX 922012, Houston, TX 77292-2012 | Phone: 713-957-7800
Fort Bend County
Mailing Address: 2801 B.F. Terry Blvd, Rosenberg, TX 77471 | Phone: 281-341-3710
Mailing Address: 500 N. Chenango St, Angleton, TX 77515-4650 | Phone: 888-723-2223
A homestead can be a separate structure, condominium or a manufactured home located on owned or leased land, as long as the individual living in the home owns it. A homestead can include up to 20 acres, if the land is owned by the homeowner and used as a yard or for another purpose related to the residential use of the homestead.
No, only a homeowner's principal residence qualifies. To qualify, a home must meet the definition of a residence homestead: The home's owner must be an individual (not a corporation or other business entity) and use the home as his or her principal residence on January 1 of the tax year. If you are age 65 or older, the January 1 ownership and residency are not required for the age 65 Homestead Exemption.
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, if your home is appraised at $100,000, and you qualify for a $25,000 exemption (this is the amount mandated for school districts), you will pay school taxes on the home as if it was worth only $75,000. Taxing units have the option to offer a separate exemption, too. Click here to read about how to know if you qualify for Homestead Exemptions and what kind of exemptions are available to all homeowners.