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Homestead Exemptions

Remember, if you owned your home on January 1, 2022 and use it as your primary residence, then you qualify for the homestead exemption on your property taxes. This represents about a 20% reduction on your annual property tax bill. We want you to know how to file your homestead exemption forms. It is free, so don't pay anyone to do this.

In order to qualify for a residential homestead exemption you must:

 

  • Be occupying the property as your homestead on January 1st of the tax year in which the exemption is being granted.

  • Your Texas Driver’s License or State ID Card must match the address on the property that you are filing homestead on.

  • Your application must be submitted or postmarked on or before April 30th to allow the district time to process it before your tax statement comes out in the fall. 

 

The application and additional information can be found on your county's appraisal district website year-round, but I have provided some of the application links below for your convenience. Please feel free to call me with any questions or if you have trouble with this. I'm here to help!

Harris County

The application for​ Harris County can be found here.

 

Please watch this 3 minute video that shows you how to file your homestead exemption using the free app provided by the Harris County Appraisal District.

You are NOT required to fill out your value on any “Congratulations Cards” from HCAD. Texas is a non-disclosure state and you are NOT required to provide this information. They can use the information you provide to raise your taxes as well as your neighbors' taxes.

The application for Galveston County can be found here.

 

Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Brazoria, Fort Bend, & WallerCounty

The application for all other counties can be found here. Instructions for completing and filing this form are on page 3.