Beginning January 1, homeowners can begin making application for their property tax homestead exemption. The following is a summary of the application rules and process as set forth on the Dallas Central Appraisal District website and would be applicable in all Texas counties.
To qualify, you must own and reside in your home on January 1 of the tax year application is made and cannot claim a homestead exemption on any other property. If you temporarily move away from your home, you still can qualify for this exemption, if you do not establish another principal residence and you intend to return within two years, or if you are a resident of a health facility, or in the military.
If the person who qualifies for an exemption is not the sole owner of the property to which the exemption applies, an application for a residence homestead exemption must be completed by each owner of the residence. Exemptions are allocated according to percent of ownership interest the applicant has in the property.
The exemption application must be completed and include:
1. A copy of the applicant’s Texas driver’s license or Texas identification certificate; AND
2. A copy of the applicant’s vehicle registration receipt; OR
a) If the applicant does not own a vehicle, an affidavit to that effect signed by the applicant; AND
b) A copy of a utility bill in the applicant’s name for the property for which exemption is sought.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The property address on the exemption application must match the address listed on the applicant’s Texas driver’s license/Texas identification certificate and vehicle registration receipt or utility bill; otherwise the Chief Appraiser is prohibited from approving the exemption.
It is a crime to make false statements on a homestead application or to file on more than one property.