Filing Your Homestead Exemption

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Property Taxes

What is a homestead exemption?

A residential homestead exemption removes a portion of a property's value from taxation.

School Districts have a mandatory exemption amount of $25,000.

Cities, Counties or Special Districts have the option of providing an additional amount up to 20% off of the property value, but not less than $5,000.

Additional information can be found on the Texas Comptroller's website.

Who qualifies for the homestead exemption?

  • You must own and occupy the property as your primary residence.

  • You may not claim a homestead exemption on any other property. 

What do you need to do before you apply?

  • Update your contact information as the homeowner with the appraisal district. Title should have provided a form to do so at closing.

  • Update your Texas driver’s license or state issued ID with the property address.

  • If the property is not listed in your name you will need a copy of your deed for the application. 

Montgomery County

A homeowner can apply for a residence homestead exemption the year they own and occupy the house as their principal residence.

You can complete the Homestead Application and mail it in with a copy of your driver's license or you can apply online/via the app here.

If you need to update your contact info with the appraisal district complete this form and submit with a copy of your deed.

Harris County

A homeowner can apply for a residence homestead exemption the year they own and occupy the house as their principal residence.

You can complete the Homestead Application and mail it in with a copy of your driver's license or you can apply online/via the app here.

If you need to update your contact info with the appraisal district complete this form and submit with a copy of your deed.