December 08, 2022

Applying for your homestead exemption in Texas - All you need to know

When you move in to your new home, remember to file for your homestead exemption on Form 50-114 along with supporting documents to the appraisal district where your home is located. Applying for homestead exemption is FREE. DO NOT PAY anyone for this. You can do it yourself. It takes barely a few minutes.

Beginning January 1st 2022, new homeowners in Texas can apply for homestead exemption in the first year of their homeowner-ship itself. They don't have to wait for a year to pass. Senate Bill 8 allows homeowners to file for homestead exemptions in the same year they purchase their property, instead of having to wait for the exemption to take place the following year.

Many appraisal districts have an online homestead application. In fact, CADs encourage homeowners to apply for homestead exemption online for quicker filing and expedited processing. Benefits of applying for your homestead exemption online:

  • Application is pre-filled with your information available in the CAD records.
  • No need to print, mail or submit in person. Saves you time and effort.
  • When you apply online, you get an immediate confirmation on your email.
  • Online applications also save manual entry effort for the CAD staff.
  • Your application status is updated sooner on the website.

Before you start your online application, keep a photo or a scanned copy of your Texas Driver's License ready.

Here are some of the counties that provide an online homestead exemption form. If you don't find your county listed here, check with you county's appraisal office if they accept online forms for this exemption.

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