GENERAL HOMESTEAD

  • You have an ownership interest in the property and use the property as your personal residence; however, you are required to state that you do not claim an exemption on another residence homestead in or outside of Texas.
  • You must own and reside in the home on January 1 of the tax year.
  • You must provide a Texas driver’s license or state identification card and the homeowner’s vehicle registration receipt. The address on the identification and the vehicle registration receipt MUST match the address for which the homestead exemption is requested.
  • If the owner does not own a vehicle they can send a current utility bill showing name and address along with an affidavit indicating non-ownership of a vehicle. The bill MUST match the address for which the homestead exemption is requested.
  • IT’S FREE! DON’T PAY TO FILE A TEXAS HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION! Scammers send official-looking stationary to suggest that a fee (usually $50 or more) must be paid for a homeowner to get an exemption. These claims are false and deceptive.

Property owners should read applicable statutes carefully. Below are the relevant websites and/or homestead applications.

Dallas County – http://www.dallascad.org/forms.aspx

Collin County – https://www.collincad.org/downloads/viewcategory/13-residential-exemptions

Denton County – https://www.dentoncad.com/forms-and-downloads#All%20Documents%2FExemptions

Tarrant County – http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/tax/property-tax/rates-and-exemptions.html