What Is A Tax Ceiling Certificate and How Does It Work?

If you have an over-65 or a disability homestead exemption you should be benefitting from a tax “ceiling” applied to your school taxes. If you decide to move, you can request a Tax Ceiling Certificate from your former appraisal district that may help reduce the school taxes on your new home. It is important to […]

What Is The Deadline To File For An Exemption?

The last day for property owners to file most exemption and special appraisal applications is April 30. Certain property owners may late file homestead exemption applications, as indicated below: A property owner may file an age 65 or older exemption application up to two years after the date on which he or she became age […]

Do I Need To File An Application When I Turn 65 Or Is It Automatically Added?

The appraisal district can only automatically process the over 65 exemption if it has the appropriate documentation on hand. Fort Bend CAD requires proof of age to grant an over 65 exemption. Acceptable proof of age includes either a copy of the front side of your Texas driver’s license or Texas Identification card or a […]

Do I, As A Homeowner, Get A Tax Break From Property Taxes?

You may apply for homestead exemptions on your principal residence. Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, so they lower your taxes. For example, your home is appraised at $100,000, and you qualify for a $15,000 exemption (this is the amount mandated for school districts), you will pay school taxes on the […]

How Much Will I Save?

An exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and lowers your tax bill. In addition to the state mandated exemption amounts for school taxes, each taxing unit decides whether to offer the optional exemption and at what percentage. For example, Fort Bend County offers a 20 percent exemption for the Homestead […]

Do All Homes Qualify For A Homestead Exemption?

No, only a homeowner’s principal residence qualifies. To qualify, a home must meet the definition of a residence homestead: The home’s owner must be an individual (for example: not a corporation or other business entity) and use the home as his or her principal residence on January 1 of the tax year.If you are age […]

What Homestead Exemptions Are Available?

General Residence Homestead Age 65 or Older Exemption Age 55 or Surviving Spouse of individual who qualified for Age 65 or Older Exemption Disabled Person Exemption 100% Disabled Veterans or Surviving Spouse of Disabled Veteran who received the 100% Disabled Veteran’s Exemption. Donated Residence Homestead of Partially Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse of Disabled Veteran […]