The Tax Appraisal District of Bell County is informing property owners who suffered physical damage from the February winter storms that they could qualify for tax relief on 2021 property taxes by means of a temporary exemption.
To qualify for this temporary exemption, the physical damage must have been sustained from the winter storms that resulted in the disaster declaration by the Governor on February 12, 2021. The physical damage must total at least 15% of the 2021 improvement (house/building) market value (as of January 1, 2021). 2021 appraisal values are still pending and have not yet been finalized.
To determine percentage of physical damage, see formula below:
For example, a property with $30,000 of physical damage and a 2021 improvement market value of $200,000, the percentage of physical damage would be 15% and would qualify for a temporary exemption.
The temporary exemption application must be received no later than 105 days from the date of the disaster declaration. Applications are due to the appraisal district no later than May 28, 2021.
Photographs of physical damage, repair estimates, insurance claims, and /or receipts are required for the appraisal district to approve the temporary exemption.
This temporary exemption can be applied to all properties, including residential, commercial, and business personal property.
More information about this temporary exemption can be found by reviewing Texas Property Tax Code Sec. 11.35 or on the Texas Comptroller Website.
Temporary Disaster Exemption
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Belton, TX 76513
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