Temporary Disaster-Related Exemptions2021-12-06T08:22:42-06:00

TEMPORARY DISASTER-RELATED EXEMPTIONS

Individuals and businesses who suffered property damage as a result of the 2021 winter storms may be eligible for a temporary exemption.

Tax Code Section 11.35 allows for a chief appraiser to determine if a property qualifies for a temporary exemption based on a damage assessment rating of Level I, II, III, or IV. The exemption applies only to qualified property, which includes improvements to real property, business personal property, and manufactured homes used as a dwelling. The amount of the exemption is determined by multiplying the property value, after applying the assessment rating, to a fraction comprised of the days remaining in the tax year after the governor has declared a disaster divided by 365.

The temporary exemption lasts until the property is reappraised.

Individuals who suffered property damage as a result of the 2021 winter storms can use our exemption estimate calculator for help understanding how this exemption may impact their property’s taxable value.

To apply for a temporary disaster-related exemption, property owners should complete the application form and return it to the Travis Central Appraisal District. Forms can be returned by mail (P.O. Box 149012, Austin, TX 78714-9012) or dropped off using the drop box in front of our office at 850 East Anderson Lane. Applications can also be submitted directly online.

The deadline to apply for a temporary exemption related to the 2021 winter storms is May 28, 2021.

File Your Application Online

Prefer to file by mail or office drop box? Click here to download the application form.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there a fee to file for an exemption?2021-01-08T13:41:36-06:00

There is no fee to file and you do not have to hire anyone to file for you.  It is not necessary for homeowners to pay anyone to file for a homestead exemption or to obtain a refund for the late filing of a homestead or senior citizen exemption. Homestead exemption forms are available on our website.

How much does it cost to file for a homestead exemption?2020-11-20T15:03:16-06:00

There is no fee to file and you do not have to hire anyone to file for you.  It is not necessary for homeowners to pay anyone to file for a homestead exemption or to obtain a refund for the late filing of a homestead or senior citizen exemption.

I own a property and have a homestead exemption. I also own another property with someone else. Can that person qualify for a homestead exemption on the other property?2020-11-24T20:44:30-06:00

The property you own with another person may qualify for a prorated homestead exemption based on the other person’s ownership in the property and if he/she does not have another property with a homestead exemption. You will not qualify because you already have a homestead exemption for your primary residence.

How many acres can I claim as my homestead?2021-01-08T12:12:27-06:00

State law allows you to claim the portion of your land that you maintain for residential purposes, but this amount may not exceed 20 acres. Generally, one acre or less is maintained for homestead purposes.

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