Over 65 or Disabled Persons

Q. How do I get an Over 65 Homestead, Disability, 100% Veteran Homestead or any other exemption?

A: Exemptions are granted through the county appraisal district where the property is located. Harris County property owners will contact Harris County Appraisal District (713) 957-7800 and Galveston County property owners will contact Galveston Central Appraisal District 1-866-277-4725.



Q: I want to transfer my Over 65 Exemption from another house in Texas to one in your school district, what should I do?

A: Begin by applying for the Over 65 Homestead Exemption with the county appraisal district where you will be living. Ask them where you need to submit your original “Tax Ceiling Transfer Certificate” or "Port". You can get this certificate from the county appraisal district you are moving from.



Q: I have elected to use the Over 65 or Disabled Persons Payment Option, but my mortgage company sent me a letter that I have unpaid taxes, what is going on?

A: Texas school districts offer taxpayers Over 65 or Disabled an option of paying their taxes in four installments. Some mortgage companies outside of Texas may not realize that many of our Over 65 or Disabled Persons use this payment option. This office does not contact any mortgage company regarding unpaid taxes. The mortgage company may have looked online and saw there was a balance still due on the account and assumed the taxes were unpaid. A letter should have been mailed to you outlining the payment plan. Send the mortgage company a copy of this letter. This should be sufficient documentation of your payment schedule. The mortgage company  can follow-up to verify that you have a declining balance and/or that payments have been made.



Q: I was told that when you turn 65 you do not have to pay school taxes, is this true?


A: No. When you turn 65 you receive an additional exemption that helps lower and freeze the amount of tax that you pay, but it does not eliminate the tax. The county may offer a larger Over 65 exemption amount. In some cases, if the exemption amount is greater than the property value there may not be a tax for that office. Please see Tax Basics for more information on Over 65 or Disabled Person Exemptions.



Q:  I was told that if I get a tax deferral, I do not have to pay taxes, is this true?

A: No. Taxes are postponed (deferred) to a later date, but it does not eliminate the tax.
Read Tax Basics for more information.

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