A variety of homestead
exemptions could lower
your property taxes!
A homestead exemption lowers the property taxes on your home by lowering its value. If your home is valued at $50,000 and you receive a $25,000 homestead exemption, your home will be taxed as if it were worth $25,000.
Who qualifies for an exemption?
Anyone who owns a home on Jan. 1 and uses it as a primary residence on that date is entitled to a $25,000 homestead exemption to lower school taxes. It doesn’t matter if your home is a house, condominium or mobile home. Counties, cities and special taxing districts may also offer homestead exemptions.
Are other exemptions available?
If you’re disabled—or if you’re 65 years old or older—you are entitled to an additional $10,000 school tax exemption on your home. And if you qualify for the 65 or older or disabled exemption, you’re also entitled to a permanent, locked-in “ceiling” on the school property taxes on your home. The county, city or junior college may adopt a tax ceiling for 65 and older or disabled homeowners. The age 65 or older homeowners school tax ceiling transfers to the surviving spouse, if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of death and lives in and owns the home. The age 65 or older home-
owners (or their surviving spouses 55 years of age or older) also may transfer the percentage of school tax paid, based on their former home’s school tax ceiling to a new home.
If you're a disabled veteran who receives from the Veterans Affairs (VA)—(1) 100 percent disability compensation due to a service connected disability and (2) a rating of 100 percent disabled or a determination of individual unemployability, you are entitled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of your resident homestead.
Do I have to apply each year?
No. If you had a homestead exemption on your home last year, you won’t need to reapply for the current year unless your chief appraiser requires it. However, if you haven’t received an exemption on your present home—or if you’ve moved to a new home—you’ll need to file for an exemption for the current year. If you are 65 this year, you may file for the age 65 or older exemption up to one year after the date you turned 65. And if you became disabled, you need to file for the disabled person’s exemption.
When and where should I file?
File applications before May 1 at your appraisal district office. If you need more time, contact us at:
BLANCO COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT
P.O. BOX 338
JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS
830-868-4013 fax 830-868-7330
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar
Property Tax Assistance Division
P.O. Box 13528
Austin, Texas 78711-3528
or call: 1-800-252-9121 and press "2" to access
the menu and then press "1" to contact the Information Service Team.
or on the Web at: www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax
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