It's that time of year!
To apply for a homestead exemption a homeowner must be occupying the property as his/her homestead by January 1st of the tax year in which the exemption is granted. Tax exemptions are determined by the status of the occupant on January 1st of each tax year. The Appraisal Districts will automatically send a form to all new property owners typically by the end of January. The deadline to file is April 30th, exemption forms can be found on the county appraisal district website.
Why does this law exist? The homestead exemption exists to prevent the force sale of a home to meet the demands of the creditors, to provide the serving spouse with shelter, and to provide an exemption from property taxes which can be applied to a home. However, the exemption does not apply to forced sales to satisfy mortgage and mechanics liens.
I've put links below for you so you can find the homestead exemption information for Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to file your homestead exemption!
IMPORTANT: Effective September 1st, 2011, in order to qualify for a residential homestead exemption you must provide a Texas driver's license or state ID card, and your vehicle registration receipt. The property address on the exemption application must match the address listed on the applicant’s Texas driver’s license; otherwise the Chief Appraiser is prohibited from approving the exemption. You’ll need to file an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption with the county appraisal district between January 1st and April 30th of the tax year - or up to one year after you pay your taxes. During the year, if you turn 65 or become disabled, you must apply for the 65 or older/disabled exemption no later than one year from the qualification date. Once you receive an exemption, you don’t need to reapply again unless the chief appraiser sends you a new application. In that case, you must file the new application. If you should move or your qualifications end, you need to inform the appraisal district in writing before the next May 1.