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Texas Residential Homestead Exemption - What is it? How do I file?

Property Taxes and Homestead Exemptions

File your Denton County Homestead

  1. Complete this form [50-114] Homestead Exemption (Disabled Person, Over-65, 100% Disabled Vet & More)
  2. Save to your computer with a copy of your valid ID
  3. Submit online here or follow the directions given on the application.

Want to learn more about the Texas Homestead…keep reading.

What is a Texas homestead exemption?

A Texas homestead exemption is a tax break for qualified homeowners. The exemption allows homeowners to claim their primary residence as a homestead, thus allowing them to save on property taxes.
It also limits yearly property tax increases to no more than 10%, plus the value of any improvements. This exemption is a major benefit associated with buying and owning a home in Texas.

Recently, the general homestead exemption was raised to $100,000 for the school tax exemption. This means that the school taxes are calculated as if your home is worth $100,000 less than the appraised value. Other savings apply as well, but vary by districts. Check your County Assessor for more information.

Here’s a letter from Denton County on Homestead Exemptions.
And, this is a link to FAQ from Denton County.

When can I apply for the Texas homestead exemption?

You may file for your Texas Homestead Exemption at any time. Applying is free. Apply at the Denton Central Appraisal District between January 1st and April 30th to receive the exemption on your fall tax bill. You may file for a late HS exemption up to one year after the date which the taxes become delinquent.

S.B. 1801

A new law went into effect on September 1, 2023, the appraisal district will reach out to homeowners every 5 years (5yrs from the original date you filed) to confirm that your homestead is still valid. If you don’t respond, they can remove your homestead exemption. PLEASE don’t let higher taxes happen to you! Watch out for this form to arrive in your 5th year and respond quickly.

Who qualifies for the general Texas homestead exemption?

To qualify, you must satisfy three requirements:

  • You must own your home; partial ownership satisfies this requirement
  • This home must be your principal/primary residence
  • You must have a Texas driver’s license or other type of Texas-issued form of identification - your I.D. card address MUST match your principal residence address

If you satisfy these requirements and qualify for the general residence homestead exemption, you may also be eligible for additional exemptions with certain criteria:

  • Over 65 exemption
  • Disability exemption
  • Veteran exemption

Denton County Property Tax Estimator

I hope you’ve found this article helpful. As your North Texas Real Estate Expert, I’m committed to providing exceptional service to my community.
If I can ever be of assistance to you, your family or your friends, please reach out. I’d love to help.

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Sandy Bolinger, Realtor®

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More Helpful Links

Tarrant County
Go to www.tad.org

  • Hover on Forms from the Menu at the top & then select Homestead Exemption
  • Complete the form & mail to the address at the top of the application

Dallas County
Go to www.dallascad.org

  • Select forms under navigation links on the left-hand side
  • Select Residential Homestead Exemption Application
  • Enter your address and follow the directions on the screen

Appraisal Districts & Locations

Collin County Appraisal District
250 Eldorado Pkwy | McKinney, TX 75069
Collin County Homestead Exemption Form

Dallas County Appraisal District
2949 North I-35E | Dallas, TX 75247
Dallas County Homestead Exemption Form

Denton County Appraisal District
3911 Morse St. | Denton, TX 76208
Denton County Homestead Exemption Form

Ellis County Appraisal District
400 Ferris Avenue | Waxahachie, TX 75165
Ellis County Homestead Exemption Form

Johnson County
109 North Main St. | Cleburne, Texas 76033
Johnson County Homestead Exemption Form

Kaufman County Appraisal District
3950 S Houston St. | Kaufman, TX 75142
Kaufman County Homestead Exemption Form

Parker County
1108 Santa Fe Dr. | Weatherford, Texas 76086
Parker County Homestead Exemption Form

Rockwall County Appraisal District
841 Justin Road | Rockwall, TX 75087-4842
Rockwall County Homestead Exemption Form

Tarrant County Appraisal District
2500 Handley Ederville Rd. | Richland Hills, TX 76118
Tarrant County Homestead Exemption Form

Wise County Appraisal District
400 U.S. 380 Business | Decatur, TX 76234
Wise County Homestead Exemption Form

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