Exemption Information

Residence Homestead Exemption

To qualify, you must own and reside in your home on January 1 of the year application is made and cannot claim a homestead exemption on any other property. If you temporarily move away from your home, you still can qualify for this exemption, if you do not establish another principal residence and you intend to return in less than two years. You may exceed the two-year limit if you are in military service serving outside of the United States or live in a facility providing services related to health, infirmity or aging. Applications cannot be filed before the date you qualify for the exemption. If you are a single or married homeowner filing together, you may be eligible to apply online.

Each individual owner, excluding married couples, residing on the property must complete a separate application to qualify for an exemption for his or her interest in the property. If separate individuals own this property, you must list the percent of ownership for each and the name and mailing address of each owner who does not reside at the property. Exemptions are allocated according to percent of ownership interest the applicant has in the property. For property owned through a beneficial interest in a qualifying trust, attach a copy of the document creating the trust. (For *heir property, see Tax Deferral below for required documents)

You may file for any homestead exemption up to two years after the delinquency date. The delinquency date is normally Feb. 1st.

A homestead can be a separate structure, condominium or a manufactured home located on owned or leased land, as long as the individual living in the home owns it. A homestead can include up to 20 acres, if the land is owned by the homeowner and used for a purpose related to the residential use of the homestead.

You may qualify for this exemption on the date you become age 65.
If you qualify for the 65 or Older Exemption, there is a property tax “ceiling” that automatically limits School taxes to the amount you paid in the year that you qualified for the homestead and the 65 or Older exemption. A County, City, or Junior College may also limit taxes for the 65 or Older Exemption if they adopt a tax ceiling. Tax ceiling amounts can increase if you add improvements to your home (i.e., adding a garage, room, or pool).In addition, 65 or Older homeowners who purchase or move into a different home in Texas may also transfer the percentage of school taxes paid, based on the former home’s school tax ceiling. This is commonly referred to as a Ceiling Transfer. To transfer your tax ceiling for the purposes of County, City, or Junior College District taxes, however, you must move to another home within the same taxing unit. You must request a certificate from the Appraisal District for the former home and take it to the Appraisal District for the new home, if located in a different district.
You may not receive both the Age 65 or Older and Disabled Person exemption from the same taxing unit in the same tax year, however, you may receive both exemptions from different taxing units. Please contact the Appraisal District if you believe you qualify.

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Age 65 or Older

You may qualify for this exemption on the date you become age 65. If you qualify for the 65 or Older Exemption, there is a property tax “ceiling” that automatically limits School taxes to the amount you paid in the year that you qualified for the homestead and the 65 or Older exemption. A County, City, or Junior College may also limit taxes for the 65 or Older Exemption if they adopt a tax ceiling.

Tax ceiling amounts can increase if you add improvements to your home (i.e., adding a garage, room, or pool).

OUT OF COUNTY TRANSFERS – For 65 or Older homeowners who purchase or move into a different home in Texas may also transfer the percentage of school taxes paid, based on the former home’s school tax ceiling. This is commonly referred to as a Ceiling Transfer.

IN COUNTY TRANSFERS – To transfer your tax ceiling for the purposes of County, City, or Junior College District taxes, you must move to another home within the same taxing unit. You must request a certificate from the Appraisal District for the former home and take it to the Appraisal District for the new home, if located in a different district.

You may not receive both the Age 65 or Older and Disabled Person exemption from the same taxing unit in the same tax year, however, you may receive both exemptions from different taxing units. Please contact the Appraisal District if you believe you qualify.

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Surviving Spouse of a Person who Received the 65 or Older Exemption

If qualified, a Surviving Spouse may receive an extension of the 65 or Older exemption and the tax ceiling.
• To qualify, your deceased spouse must have been receiving the 65 or Older exemption on the residence homestead or would have applied and qualified before the spouse’s death.
• The Surviving Spouse must have been age 55 or older on the date of the spouse’s death.
• You must have ownership in the home and proof of death of your spouse.

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Disabled Person Homestead Exemption

You may receive the Disabled Person exemption immediately upon qualification of the exemption. You are eligible for this exemption if you are unable to engage in any substantial gainful work because of a physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; or you are 55 years old and blind and unable to engage in your previous work because of the blindness.

To automatically qualify, you must meet the Social Security definition for disabled and receive disability benefits under the Federal-Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Program administered by the Social Security Administration.

To verify your eligibility, you must provide a current dated statement from the Social Security Administration showing that you are disabled and the date your disability began. Disability benefits from any other program do not automatically qualify you for this exemption. You do not have to receive disability benefits to qualify, but you must meet the Social Security definition for disabled. If you are not receiving Social Security benefits, then you must have your physician complete the Bell CAD “Physician’s Statement” form available on this site or you may contact Customer Service at 254-939-5841.

If you qualify for the Disability Exemption, there is a property tax “ceiling” that automatically limits School taxes to the amount you paid in the year that you qualified for the homestead and Disability exemption. A County, City or Junior College may also limit taxes for the Disability Exemption if they adopt a tax ceiling. Tax ceiling amounts can increase if you add improvements to your home (i.e., adding a garage, room or pool).

OUT OF COUNTY TRANSFERS – For Disabled homeowners who purchase or move into a different home in Texas may also transfer the percentage of School taxes paid, based on the former home’s school tax ceiling. This is commonly referred to as a Ceiling Transfer.

IN COUNTY TRANSFER – To transfer your tax ceiling for the purposes of County, City, or Junior College District taxes, however, you must move to another home within the same taxing unit. You must request a certificate from the appraisal district for the former home and take it to the appraisal district for the new home, if located in a different district.

You may not receive both the Age 65 or Older and Disabled Person exemption from the same taxing unit in the same tax year, however, you may receive both exemptions from different taxing units. Please contact the Appraisal District if you believe you qualify.

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Surviving Spouse of a Person who Received the Disability Exemption

If qualified, a Surviving Spouse may receive an extension of the tax ceiling. To qualify, your deceased spouse must have been receiving the Disabled Person exemption on the residence homestead. The Surviving Spouse must have been age 55 or older on the date of the spouse’s death. You must have ownership in the property and proof of death of your spouse. You may contact the Customer Service department for additional information at 254-939-5841.

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Residence Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veteran with 100% Disability

You qualify for this exemption if you are a disabled veteran who receives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor 100 percent disability compensation due to a service-connected disability and a rating of 100 percent disability or of individual unemployability. Beginning 2009, this entitles you to an exemption of the total appraised value of your residence homestead.

  • An exemption application must be completed and accompanied with a copy of your V.A. award letter or other document from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs showing 100 percent disability compensation due to a service-connected disability and a rating of 100 percent disabled or individual unemployability.
  • A surviving spouse does qualify for the 100% Disabled Veteran Homestead Exemption, but surviving child does not qualify.

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Surviving Spouse of First Responder Killed in the Line of Duty

A surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty who has not remarried since the death of the first responder may be entitled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the surviving spouse’s residence homestead. Documentation must be provided.

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Late Filing

When filing for the Residence Homestead exemptions, you must file an application no later than two years after the delinquency date. The Late filing includes the Age 65 or Older / Disabled Person Exemption.

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Disabled Veteran or Survivors of a Disabled Veteran

You qualify for this exemption if you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and your service branch or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has officially classified you as disabled with a percentage of 10% or more.

  • You must be a Texas resident.
  • Your application can apply to any one property you own on January 1 on which property taxes are assessed.
  • You must complete an application and attach a copy of a current dated letter from the Veterans Administration reflecting the percent of disability awarded.
  • You must file the application by April 30 or late file no than five years after the delinquency date.
  • A surviving spouse or child may also qualify to continue this exemption; a surviving spouse may continue the exemption if the survivor does not remarry.
  • When the disabled veteran attains age 65, is totally blind in one or both eyes, or has lost the use of one or both limbs, they will qualify for 100% of the maximum exemption amount of $12,000 offered regardless of the disability percentage awarded by the V.A.
  • A surviving spouse or child of an armed forces member killed on active duty may qualify for this exemption.
  • The surviving child, under age 18 and unmarried, or surviving spouse must be a Texas resident.
  • An application must be completed along with a letter from the Veterans Administration showing the person died while on active duty, copy of your marriage license; a surviving child must attach a copy of proof of age and relationship to the deceased.

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Tax Deferral for Age 65 or Older or Disabled Homeowner

If you are a homeowner or *heir property owner who qualifies for the Age 65 or Older or the Disability exemption, you may also defer or postpone paying any property taxes on your home for as long as you own and live in it.

It is important to note that this deferral only postpones your taxes and does not cancel them. It also accrues five (5) percent interest annually until the deferral is removed. When the property is sold or the ownership is transferred to the estate/heirs, the taxes and accrued interest become payable. The Tax Deferral Affidavit form is available on this site or you may contact Customer Service at 254-939-5841.

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Freeport Exemptions for Business Personal Property

Material that is transported outside of this state not later than 175 days after the date the person who owns it on January 1 acquired it, or imported it into this state, and assembled, manufactured, repaired, maintained, processed, or fabricated and shipped the materials out of the state during the required time is freeport goods. An application for this exemption must be filed with the appraisal district by April 30 each year. Copies of this application complete with instructions and supplemental forms are available on this site or obtained from the appraisal district.

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Pollution Control Property

A person is entitled to an exemption from taxation of all or part of real and personal property that the person owns and that is used wholly or partly as a facility, device, or method for the control of air, water, or land pollution if it qualifies on January 1. A person seeking an exemption under this section shall provide to the chief appraiser an exemption application on or before April 30 and a copy of the letter issued by the executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under Subsection (d) determining that the facility, device, or method is used wholly or partly as pollution control property. A person seeking this exemption must render the pollution control property when filing a timely rendition.

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Motor Vehicle Used for Production of Income and for Personal Activities

An individual is entitled to an exemption from taxation of one motor vehicle the individual owned on January 1. The exemption will only apply to a vehicle used in the course of their occupation or profession and also used for personal activities that do not involve the production of income. This exemption does not apply to a motor vehicle used to transport passengers for hire (such as but not limited to, a taxi, bus, or limousine). You must file the application between January 1 and April 30. Attach a copy of the current vehicle registration receipt to the application. Failure to do so will result in the denial of the exemption. You may protest a denial of the exemption to the Appraisal Review Board. For the purposes of this application, an individual is one person or owner, as in a sole proprietor (not a partner, corporation, or cooperative). Motor vehicle means a passenger car or light truck. Passenger car means a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, golf cart, taxi, bus or limousine, designed or used primarily for the transportation of persons. Light truck means a commercial motor vehicle that has a manufacturer’s rated carrying capacity of one ton or less.

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What is a Property Tax Appraisal?
Contact Information

Belton Office:
411 E. Central
Belton, TX 76513
Phone: 254-939-5841

Killeen Office:
301 Priest Dr.
Killeen, TX 76541
Phone: 254-634-9752

Temple Office:
205 E. Central
Temple, TX 76501
Phone: 254-771-1108

Mailing Address For ALL Locations:
P.O. Box 390
Belton, TX 76513

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Monday – Friday
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