I received an email today from a past client who purchased her home last year. Her question to me concerned filing her homestead exemption. As a convenience courtesy, I recently sent her a homestead form to fill out and send in at no cost BUT, she also received a mail solicitation that looked rather official asking my client to pay a fee to file the homestead exemption on her behalf. My advise to her -- toss the mail solicitation in the garbage.
There is no reason you should have to pay to file for homestead exemption in the state of Texas. It's FREE.
Two additional exemptions available to homeowners that meet certain criteria are the Disability Exemption and age 65 and over Exemption For more information about exemptions go to http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/exmptns.html
Exemption forms can be downloaded from the appropriate appraisal district serving your county. Be sure to file your exemption before March 31st in order to remove part of your homes value from taxation - meaning lower your taxes. Here's a list of a few local area websites. More links can be found at TexasHomesteadForms.com.
Bastrop County (not online; call 512-303-1930)
Bell County (254-634-9752)
Brown County (325-643-5676)
Caldwell County (512-398-5550)
Fort Bend County (281-342-3411)
Harris County (713-957-7800)
Hays County (512-268-2522)
Kerr County (830-895-5223)
Rockwall County (972-771-2034)
Travis County (512-834-9317)
Williamson County (512-930-3787)