Important Homestead Exemption Changes Effective January 1st

Homestead Exemption Filing Changes

Effective January 1, 2022, a Buyer may file for a homestead exemption immediately after closing if the Seller did not have a homestead exemption on the property for the current tax year.

For more important tax exemption information for new homeowners, please read below or download our Tax Exemption Resource. 

Important Tax Exemption Information for New Homeowners

  1. Exemptions are a form of tax relief that can reduce the taxable value of your property.
    Types of exemptions include:
    • Homestead
    • Over 65 years of age
    • Disabled individual
    • Disabled veteran
    • Agricultural
  2. If you own and occupy your new home, it is your homestead and you likely qualify for a homestead exemption. This is the most common type of tax exemption.
  3. When submitting an application for exemptions, you must submit a copy of your driver’s license. The address on your license must match the property address of the property you are filing the exemption for.
  4. To apply for an exemption, the homeowner, in most cases, must be occupying the property as their homestead on January 1st of the tax year in which the exemption is granted. It may be possible to apply for an exemption sooner. Please reach out to your county appraisal district to confirm the date that you may apply.
  5. It is free to file exemptions. The forms can be downloaded on the Central Appraisal District’s website for the county in which the property is located. 
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