DO YOU HAVE YOUR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION?
A residence homestead exemption is the most common type of exemption and applies to most owner-occupied homes in Texas. An exemption excludes part of your property’s value from property taxes and can significantly lower the taxable value and subsequent tax levies. However, you must apply for an exemption. There is no charge for the property owner to file his or her own homestead exemption application with the appraisal district.
You will need to provide a copy of your driver’s license or state-issued personal identification certificate with your application. The address listed on your identification must match the address of the property in the application. You can bring in your form in person to 13013 Northwest Freeway or mail it to the address at the top of the application.
Homestead exemption applications are processed in the order received. You can tell if we have received your application by checking your account on our website. If we have received your exemption, your account will show “Exemption Pending.” After submitting your application, please watch your mail carefully for the next 30 to 90 days because we may request further information and your response would be time-sensitive.
You can see that your exemption has been granted by checking your account online. Your exemption type will be displayed on the left side halfway down the page under Exemptions and Jurisdictions. The district receives a large number of exemption applications in the spring, so it may take several months for the exemption to appear on the website.
The appraisal district has mailed confirmation postcards to all homeowners currently on file with a homestead exemption. Homeowners should have received a postcard in their mailbox verifying they have a homestead exemption on their property.
Homeowners do not need to do anything if the type of homestead exemption listed at the top of the postcard is correct. HCAD will automatically renew their homestead exemption unless the property owner informs us differently.
Exemptions at the top of the postcard include Residence Homestead, Over-65, Disabled Person Exemptions and Disabled Veteran Exemptions.
If you have sold your home or established a different primary residence, recently turned 65 or qualified for disability under Social Security, you should contact the appraisal district to make changes or apply for additional exemptions.
Exemption forms and applications can be found on the website under the Forms tab on the top tool bar or you can call the Information Center at 713.957.7800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.