FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 2, 2020

Media Contact
Cynthia Martinez
Communications Officer
Travis Central Appraisal District
cmartinez@tcadcentral.org
512-834-9317 ext. 226

PROPERTY OWNERS ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW AND FILE FOR THEIR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS IN THE NEW YEAR

AUSTIN, Texas – The Travis Central Appraisal District (TCAD) is encouraging Travis County property owners to review and file for homestead exemptions on property they own and live in as of the new year.  The deadline to apply for new exemptions is April 30.

“A homestead exemption can be a valuable tool in helping property owners manage the affordability of living in the Austin area,” said Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler. “By lowering the taxable value of their property through a homestead exemption, residents can also lower their property taxes.”

In order to be eligible for a homestead exemption, a property owner must own and occupy the property as of January 1 of the year. Property owners can only claim homestead exemptions on one property at a time and do not need to reapply once an exemption is granted. Individuals who are claiming a homestead exemption on a property where they are no longer eligible to receive one are required to notify the appraisal district of the change.

Several types of homestead exemptions exist including a general residence homestead exemption and exemptions for people over the age of 65, people with disabilities, veterans, and the surviving spouses of service members or first responders killed in the line of duty.

Added Crigler, “This is one of the easiest New Year’s resolutions a property owner can have. Making sure your homestead exemptions are up-to-date and accurate should only take a few minutes.”

Travis County property owners can view the current exemptions on their property, review a list of available homestead exemptions, and download exemption application forms online at www.traviscad.org. Questions about exemption eligibility and the application process can be directed to the Travis Central Appraisal District at 512-834-9317.

About the Travis Central Appraisal District

The mission of Travis Central Appraisal District, in accordance with the Texas Constitution and the laws of the state, is to provide accurate appraisal of all property in Travis County at one hundred percent market value, equally and uniformly, in a professional, ethical, economical and courteous manner, working to ensure that each taxpayer pays only their fair share of the property tax burden. For more information, please visit www.traviscad.org

 

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