Harris County Homestead Exemption
Harris County residents may qualify for a homestead exemption and save on their annual property taxes. If you own your home, you can file a form with the Harris County Appraisal District between January 1 and April 30th of the year you intend to use the exemption.
To qualify for the exemption your property must be your primary residence. There are special rules for applicants over age 65, disabled persons and surviving spouses. See Tax Code for more details about special situations.
For ALL applicants the following documents must be included with the application:
1) a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or state-issued personal identification certificate; and
2) a copy of the applicant’s vehicle registration receipt; or
a) if the applicant does not own a vehicle, an affidavit to that effect signed by the applicant; and
b) a copy of a utility bill in the applicant’s name for the property for which exemption is sought.
Applications may be denied if the address on the application does not match the address on the applicant’s driver’s license. Applicants need not reapply annually unless requested, in writing, by the chief appraiser.
Below are the required forms. If you have questions about these forms or the Homestead Exemption, call your tax professional or real estate attorney.