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Homestead Exemptions

In an effort to help make your life a little easier, here are the links or phone numbers to download or request the Homestead Exemption forms that apply to all homeowners, those over 65, the disabled, disabled veterans, and surviving spouses.

Travis County    Williamson County    Hays County    Blanco County    Caldwell County    Bastrop CountyCall 512-303-1930

Those in Travis County can submit a signed pdf form via email at

* Homestead Exemption Forms need to be submitted between Jan 01 and Apr 30
There is no fee to file for a Homestead Exemption! If you receive an email or message suggesting otherwise, make sure you contact your tax or real estate professional.

In order to qualify for a residential homestead exemption you must provide:

1. A Homestead exemption application
2. A copy of the applicants Texas driver’s license or Texas ID Card

ALERT –  New Homeowners – The address on your drivers license or state ID card must match the physical address of the residence that you are applying. So if you have not changed your address since you moved into your new home you will need to visit a TXDMV office OR visit their online change of address site.

General information about Homestead Exemptions
Click here to read about how to know if you qualify for Homestead Exemptions and what kind of exemptions are available to all homeowners
Homestead Exemptions for Homeowners age 65 and over or with disabilities
Click here to read about exemptions, limitations and special instructions for homeowners age 65 and over and homeowners with disabilities
Homestead Exemptions for disabled veteran homeowners Click here to read about exemptions, limitations and special instructions for disabled veteran homeowners

More Info: What is a Homestead Law?

In popular usage, a homestead is a family home. In law, the term refers to the special protection given to the home of a family or a single adult from the owner’s creditors, the right of occupancy given to a surviving spouse, minor children, and unmarried children of a deceased owner, and favorable tax treatment accorded to the owner. These concepts, however, developed independently. The homestead exemption, as a protection from creditors is termed, is the most important aspect of homestead law. Many Americans who settled in Texas in the early nineteenth century were pursued by their creditors, and for their protection, Stephen F. Austin recommended a moratorium on the collection of the colonists’ foreign debts.

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