Tax Breaks for Seniors

Over-65 Homestead Exemptions


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.

Exemption Amounts

Exemption amounts are determined by each taxing entity. For more information about the exemptions for your property, select the Property Tax Estimator in Property Tax Basics.

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.

Installment Payments

Properties with an Over 65 Residence Homestead Exemption qualify for installment payments.


  • Search for your account.
  • Click on your account number to view the account details.
  • Click on the payment agreement button at the bottom of the page and complete the quarterly installment agreement.
  • Pay at least 25% of the total amount of taxes due for the current year before the delinquency date. You can pay by mail, online or in person.
  • Pay the remaining payments before April 1, June 1, and August 1.


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 5% per year. No penalty is assessed. After the deferral ends, the taxes must be paid within 180 days at 5% 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.

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Disabled Parking

TxDMV Disabled Plates and Placards Guide.

State law Section 681.001(2) defines a disability as a condition in which a person has:

  • mobility problems that substantially impair the person's ability to ambulate;
  • visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses; or
  • visual acuity of more than 20/200 but with a limited field of vision in which the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle of 20 degrees or less.

Mobility problems can be caused by:

  • Lung disease
  • Cardiac condition
  • Foot disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Confinement to a wheelchair
  • Cannot walk without a brace, cane, or crutch

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Photo ID Exemption

A disabled voter with no valid form of photo identification may submit an Disability Exemption Request (Español) for a permanent exemption. The request must contain written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing he or she has been determined to have a disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent.

Seniors may also qualify to vote by mail. Visit the Travis County Clerk for more information.

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