Texas Buyers File Your Homestead Exemption

Debbie Warford
Debbie Warford
Published on January 11, 2019

What is a Homestead Exemption?

Homestead exemptions are granted by the county appraisal district where the property is located.   The exemption reduces a homeowner’s property tax bill by removing part of the home’s value from taxation.   All Texas homeowners may receive a general residence homestead exemption on the value of their property for school taxes upon application.  Other taxing entities may also offer exemptions of some percentage of the home’s value.   In addition to the Homestead Exemption, there are exemptions available to homeowners who are over 65 or disabled and require the same application process.

Who Qualifies?

These requirements must be met to receive the exemption:

  1. You must own your home on January 1st of the year for which you are apply
  2. You must reside at the home as your principal residence on January 1st of that year and not claim any other property as a homestead

How to Apply for a Homestead Exemption

Your Homestead Exemption will be denied unless all of the required documents show the same homestead address.   First, fill our the application specific to your county appraisal district, then mail all of the documents to the appraisal district for your county. 

  1. Go to your country’s appraisal district website and download the Residence Homestead Exemption Application (Form 50-114)
  2. Include a copy of your driver’s license or identification card.   Your driver’s license needs to be from the Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS), and the address must match the homestead address.

Here is a reference list of most North Texas Counties:

Appraisal Districts:

Collin County 469-742-9200 www.collincad.org

Dallas County 214-631-0910 www.dallascad.org

Denton County    972-434-2602 www.dentoncad.com

Hunt County 903-454-3510 www.hunt-cad.org

Kaufman County 972-932-6081 www.kaufman-cad.org

Parker 817-596-0077 www.parkercad.org

Rockwall County 972-771-2034 www.rockwallcad.com

Tarrant County    817-284-0024 www.tad.org

Van Zandt County 903-567-6171 www.vanzandtcad.org

Wise County 940-627-3081 www.isouthwestdata.com

If you have any questions, just call me! 214-636-7138

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