Documents Required with Homestead Exemption Application Revised

The recent session of the Texas Legislature amended section 11.43 of the Texas Property Tax Code. House Bill 1287 was signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 14, 2013 and revises the documents required to be filed with residence homestead exemption applications. It is effective September 1, 2013.

In order to be granted a homestead exemption for property tax purposes, applicants will no longer be required to submit a copy of their vehicle registration receipt, only a copy of a valid Texas driver’s license or Texas state-issued identification card. The address on the required documents must be the same as the address for which the homestead exemption is being sought.

There are different guidelines for active duty members of the armed services or the spouse of such a person, if the applicant is certified for participation in the address confidentiality program administered by the Texas Attorney General or if the homeowner is a resident of a facility that provides services related to health, infirmity or aging.

Applications dated and submitted to Hays CAD by August 31, 2013 will be processed under the pre-September 1 guidelines.