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.
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, is also entitled to that exemption if the surviving spouse is unmarried but cannot receive 100% exemption. The exemption applies to the property until it changes ownership or the person’s qualification for the exemption changes.
|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.