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


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.


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.

What is a homestead exemption?2020-10-29T20:18:54-05:00

A homestead exemption lowers your property taxes by removing part of the value of your property from taxation. There are several different types of homestead exemption, including the general residence homestead exemption and exemptions for seniors, people and veterans with disabilities, and some surviving spouses.

Do I have to apply for a homestead exemption every year?2021-05-03T11:01:48-05:00

No, you do not have to reapply for a homestead exemption unless the Chief Appraiser requests a new application in writing, you move to a new residence, or your qualifications for an exemption change.

Homestead exemptions do not transfer between owners. New property owners must submit a new application for a homestead exemption on their property.

Can I claim a homestead exemption on a mobile home if I do not own the land?2020-11-20T15:02:10-06:00

Yes. Please include a copy of your title to the mobile home or a verified copy of your purchase contract along with your exemption form.

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