New requirements for application for property-tax homestead exemption

As of Sept. 1, Texas added new requirements for homestead-exemption applications. Homeowners must now include a copy of their driver’s license or state-issued ID card and their vehicle registration receipt that has an address matching the property for which they are seeking an exemption along with the application. If applicants don't own a vehicle, they must submit a signed affidavit stating they don't own a vehicle along with a copy of a utility bill for the property seeking the exemption. If you already have your homestead exemption in place you DO NOT have to refile unless the chief appraiser requests that a new application be filed. 

Be reminded that it’s free to file your homestead exemption application, and it’s simple to file the paperwork. The Texas attorney general has warned homeowners to be aware of solicitation companies that send official-looking letters claiming they can process the exemption paperwork for a fee. More information and the new homestead application forms are available on the state comptroller’s Web site.

Folks that purchased a home from me in 2011 will be receiving the information and a reminder about 2 weeks into January 2012 regarding this! If you need the forms or more information,  call or email me and I'll get it to you!

Steve Young
RE/MAX Associates
(817) 276-5149

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