Those in Travis County can submit a signed pdf form via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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.
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.