January 07, 2022 at 4:37pm | Just Ask Matt

What is the Texas Homestead Exemption & Who Qualifies?

What it used to be prior to January 1, 2022: A homeowner, who claimed a property as their principal residence could apply the following year between January 1 to April 30.

What it means as of January 1, 2022: As part of property tax relief, homeowners may now apply for a homestead exemption the same year.

Qualifications for Texas Homestead Exemption

Beginning January 1, 2022, homeowners are allowed to file and be granted a homestead exemption immediately after closing if the Seller did not previously have a homestead exemption for the current tax year. You should also have your drivers license updated to reflect your new principle residence . Your experienced real estate agent with The Matthew Guzman Team will be able to walk you through the process of filing for your homestead exemption.

If you bought your home prior to 2022 and have not yet taken steps to file your homestead exemption or see if you quality, please Just Ask Matt! The Matthew Guzman Team will be glad to answer any questions you may have and help you through the process.   Contact Us.

Other homestead exemption criteria:

  • The homeowner, nor their spouse, have not claimed another residence for homestead exemption.
  • If the homeowner moves away and they do not establish a homestead exemption elsewhere, they still qualify if they return to the principal residence in less than two years.
  • For military Texas homeowners in service, they may exceed the two year period. This also applies for military who are in a facility that provides services related to aging, health, or infirmity.

Texas Homestead Exemption: How to File

Please visit your county appraisal district. We have provided direct links to our most popular counties in the area.

Homestead Exemption Forms

Visit your county's appraisal district website for additional property tax and exemptions such as

  • Over 65
  • Disabled Person
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Business and Other Exemptions
  • Exempt Organizations
  • Agricultural
  • Timberland

Texas Appraisal Districts


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