We strive to provide the most accurate and timely information possible. The information provided below is sourced from other agencies and provided for your convenience. Please confirm your eligibility with your local tax district before acting on the following information.
As a veteran in Texas you may qualify for two different property tax exemptions:
1) Veterans with a service-connected 100% disability rating can qualify for a 100% exemption from property taxes on their homestead property.
2) A partial exemption is available for individuals with a disability rating from 10% to 100%. This exemption can reduce the assessed value of a home for tax purposes by $5,000 to $12,000.
These two programs require two different forms and may not overlap on the same property. However, a veteran with a service-connected 100% disability rating may claim the 100% homestead exemption on their homestead property and then claim a deduction in the tax-assessed value if they own a second property.
100% Homestead Property Exemption
for 100% Disabled Veterans.
100% disabled veterans or their unmarried surviving spouses may qualify for a Homestead exemption of 100% of their property taxes, this is for the primary residence only.
"Tax Code Section 11.131 requires an exemption of the total appraised value of homesteads of Texas veterans who received 100 percent compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs due to a 100 percent disability rating or determination of individual unemployability by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs."
How to apply:
Between 01JAN-30APR, submit form 50-114: http://comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/taxforms/50-114.pdf
VA official service-connected disability awards letter
You can obtain one by calling or visiting your local VA office or by signing up for the VA's eBenefits system. We're told that using the eBenefits system is significantly faster than going through the VA phone system.
(different from homestead)
A Tax Exemption is a deduction in the value of the property that is being taxed, it is not a credit towards taxes due on the property.
Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating from the VA can receive a reduction, or total waiver, of their property taxes. The discounts are based on your disability rating and are expressed below:
A disabled Veteran is entitled to an exemption from taxation of $12,000 of the assessed value of the property the Veteran owns if the Veteran:
To clarify: The exemption reduces the taxable assessed value of a property. It does not apply directly to the tax levied on the value of a property. If your property is assessed at $100,000 and you qualify for a $12,000 exemption, the taxable value of your property is $88,000.
Additional eligibility: Surviving spouses and minor children who are unmarried and under 21 years of age of a person who dies on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for an exemption of the first $5000 on the appraised value of their property. A veteran who has a disability rating of 10% or higher and who is 65 years or older is entitled to the maximum property tax exemption.
Note: The Veteran's name should appear on the title.
The surviving spouse of a deceased veteran, who at the time of death had a compensable disability and was entitled to an exemption.
|Sources: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TX/htm/TX.11.htm#11.22 and
The deadline for filing for a disabled veteran's exemption is between January 1 and April 30 of the tax year. However, you may file for a disabled veteran's exemption up to one year from the delinquency date.
To file for a disabled veteran's exemption, you must complete the Application for Disabled Veteran's or Survivor's Exemptions form.
Other helpful links which may answer additional questions for you are:
- Harris County Appraisal District Homestead Exemption FAQ: http://www.hcad.org/Resources/Veterans100percent.asp
- December 27, 2011 announcement from the Texas Comptroller: http://www.window.state.tx.us/news2011/111227-veterans.html
- Office of the Governor – Property Tax Exceptions page: http://governor.state.tx.us/disabilities/resources/property_tax_exemptions/
To successfully apply, you'll need an official service-connected disability awards letter. You can obtain one by calling or visiting your local VA office or by signing up for the VA's eBenefits system. We're told that using the eBenefits system is significantly faster than going through the VA phone system.