If you are 65 years of age or older, you qualify for the Over 65 Homestead Exemption. If you turn 65 after January 1, you receive the exemption for the entire year.
Exemptions are administered by the Travis Central Appraisal District. Apply for your Senior Homestead Exemption online for free.
School Tax Ceiling
The homestead tax ceiling is a limit on the amount of school taxes you must pay on your residence. When you qualify your home for an Over-65 Homestead Exemption, the school taxes on that home will not increase as long as the exemption is in place. The tax ceiling freezes your school taxes at the amount you pay in the year that you qualify for the exemption.
The school taxes on your home may go below the ceiling, but not above. If you improve the home (other than normal repairs or maintenance), the tax ceiling may be adjusted to account for the value of the new additions (i.e.: a new garage, extra room or other fixed structure that adds value).
Transferring a Tax Ceiling
A tax ceiling can be transferred from a homestead you recently sold to your new homestead. Contact the Travis Central Appraisal District.
What is a deferral?
A deferral is available to taxpayers who have a senior or disability exemption on their residence homestead. It allows taxpayers to postpone paying their property taxes for as long as they live in their residence homestead.
Are deferred taxes delinquent?
Do deferred taxes have penalty and interest?
Interest is assessed at a rate of 8% per year. No penalty is assessed. After the deferral ends, the taxes must be paid within 180 days at 8% interest. On the 181st day, regular penalty and interest is assessed and collection activities begin.
Does my mortgage company have to honor a tax deferral?
No. Most mortgage companies have language in their contracts requiring payment of taxes in full each year. Check with your mortgage company to determine if they will honor a deferral on your homestead.
When does a deferral begin?
A deferral begins when a taxpayer files a Tax Deferral Affidavit (Español) with the Travis Central Appraisal District.
When does a deferral end?
A deferral can end when:
- the owner requests removal of the deferral
- the owner no longer qualifies for a homestead exemption
- the owner is deceased
Does my surviving spouse qualify to keep the deferral?
A surviving spouse, age 55 or older, can contact the Travis Central Appraisal District to request that the deferral be continued.