How to File Your 2019 Homestead Exemption
If you bought a home in 2018, you should be getting ready to file your Texas Homestead Exemption! This exemption allows homeowners to reduce the taxes owed on their home by a percentage or dollar amount and is available to any homeowner who is a) living in their home as of January 1st, and b) is using the home as a primary residence (exceptions apply for those 65 years and older and those with disabilities – please see below). It’s free to apply and the deadline is April 30th. The homestead exemption is a necessary step for anyone wanting to save money on their taxes – so how do you file?
COMPLETE THE APPLICATION Your first step is completing the homestead exemption application for your county of residence. If you are over 65 or disabled, be sure to follow the special instructions provided within the application. If you prefer to fill out your application manually and mail it in, you can find the fillable application for Travis County and Williamson County below. Once you fill out the required fields, download and print the document, then submit it by mail to the designated appraisal district. Fillable Homestead Exemption Application Some counties have made it even easier by allowing homeowners to file directly online! Find your county below and click the link to be brought to their online application. You will need to have a copy of your Texas driver’s license ready to upload unless you are exempt from this requirement – see exemptions on the application.
  • Hays County
    • Sign in or create an account on Hays CAD.
    • Under “Choose a Form,” select “Homestead Exemption” from the drop-down list.
    • Fill in the required fields indicated on the form.
    • At the bottom of the page, click “Review & Submit.”
  • Travis County – in addition to your license, you will need the owner ID and PIN number on your Notice of Appraised Value.
    • Sign in or create a new account on Travis CAD.
    • Fill in the required fields indicated on the form.
    • Review and submit the form.
  • Williamson County
    • In the “Property Search” bar, type in the address you are applying for. Select your address.
    • On the details page, click the “HS Exemption” button.
    • On the next page, many fields will already be filled out for you. Fill in the remaining required fields.
    • At the bottom of the page, click “Sign & Submit.”

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