Too many people aren’t taking advantage of homestead tax exemptions. Homestead filings are for homeowners who purchased and moved into a new home between January 1 and December 31st of the previous year.

You may have received solicitations for someone to fill this out for you, but homestead filing is FREE to homeowners! However, these exemption filings are only accepted by the county appraiser between January 1 and April 30th of the following year.

For example, if you purchased (and closed) on a home between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, then you would submit your homestead filing between January 1st and April 30th, 2019.

Most homestead exemptions can be filed electronically, including Travis and Williamson Counties. Some counties like Bastrop can only be filed by the old-fashioned paper way and mailed.

Every exemption form needs to be accompanied by a copy of your driver’s license or ID card, so be sure it is up to date and valid. The address listed on your driver’s license or state-issued personal identification certificate must correspond to the address of the property for which an exemption is claimed on your application.

If you are claiming a 65-or-older exemption, disability exemption or manufactured home exemption, you will also need your form to be notarized before mailing. If you are not claiming one of these special exemptions, you do not need your form to be notarized.

If you need to file an exemption, follow one of the links below that’s associated with your county. If you are having trouble, please feel free to contact me for help finding the correct website!

Travis County

If you are a Travis County resident, then start on the Travis County website and click on the Homestead Exemption eservices form and create a username and password:  https://www.traviscad.org/eservices/

Williamson County

If you are a Williamson County resident (most of Round Rock, Leander and Georgetown), you are also able to file your exemption electronically. Start on the Williamson County website home search portal:  http://search.wcad.org/

To get started, simply locate your property via the Property Search box, and click the HS Exemption link that looks like this. 

Bastrop County

If you are a Bastrop County resident, you can find the PDF forms to complete and mail on the Bastrop County website https://www.bastropcad.org/forms/ and choose Exemption Forms and then Application for Resident Homestead Exemption. The PDF will automatically be downloaded to your computer. or Call 512-303-1930 ext. 22. The mailing address is: P.O. Box 578, Bastrop, TX 78602

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Albert Allen

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I'm an enthusiastic and dedicated Realtor with a true commitment to helping you with the sale, purchase, or lease of your home.

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