Frequently asked questions

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What are Texas property taxes?

Property taxes are local taxes that provide the largest source of money local governments use to pay for schools, streets, roads, police, fire protection and many other services.  Texas law establishes the process followed by local officials in determining the value for property, ensuring that values are equal and uniform, setting tax rates and collecting taxes.

What property tax exemptions are available?

This is not an all inclusive list but these are the most popular exemptions. HOMESTEAD: The owner must have an ownership interest in the property and use the property as their principal residence. Also the owner is required to state that they do not claim any other homestead exemption in or outside of Texas. OVER 65: To qualify for the age 65 or older exemption, the owner must be age 65 or older and live in the house. If the age 65 or older homeowner dies, the surviving spouse may continue to receive the exemption if the surviving spouse is age 55 or older at the time of death and lives in and owns the home and applies for the exemption. VETERANS: A disabled veteran who is 100 percent disabled due to a service-connected disability is eligible for a total property tax exemption. This exemption can extend to a surviving spouse who was married to a disabled veteran who qualified for this exemption.

Who sets the property tax amount?

The Texas local property tax is  — a local tax, assessed locally, collected locally and used locally.Which includes school districts, cities, counties and various special districts (hospitals, junior colleges, utility districts and others). The governing body of each of these local governments determines the amount of property taxes it wants to raise and sets its own tax rate.

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