Exemptions, Appraised Value & Ownership Changes

Q: How do I get a homestead exemption 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: Why is your homestead exemption different from the county’s exemption?

A: Each taxing authority can offer a different exemption amount. Some county tax offices offer a 20% exemption. CCISD homestead exemption has two parts: the local option which has a value of 5% or $5000 whichever is greater; and the state mandate which has a straight dollar value of $ 25,000 regardless of the value (5%+ $25,000). Visit Tax basics for an example of homestead exemption calculation.



Q: My tax bill does not show my exemption(s), what should I do?

A: Contact the county appraisal district to get the exemption added to the property. You can only qualify for a homestead exemption if you own and live in your home on January 1 of that tax year. If you move in any time after that date you will not qualify until next January. Taxes are always due on or before January 31. We will never suggest that a property owner wait for an exemption to pay the taxes. You do not want any savings from the exemption to be used towards penalty and interest due to late payment. When we are notified of the exemption, our office will issue a refund if the tax has already been paid or re-bill the unpaid tax with the exemption and any penalty or interest, if applicable.



Q: How do I get the name and address changed on my property?

A: The only authority to change ownership records and or mailing addresses (this includes mispellings) is the county appraisal district, not the tax office. Contact the county appraisal office: Harris County Appraisal District (713) 957-7800 or Galveston Central Appraisal District 1-866- 277-4725.



Q: The tax bill is still not in my name, should I pay the bill?

A: It takes time for the ownership information to filter to and from the appraisal district. If you are the current owner of the property, you or your mortgage company should pay the taxes by January 31. 



Q: How was the appraised value on my property determined and how do I get this changed?

A: Property is appraised by a certified appraiser from the county appraisal district, not the tax office. If there is an error in the appraisal, square footage or property description, contact the county appraisal office: Harris County Appraisal District (713) 957-7800 or Galveston Central Appraisal District 1-866-277-4725.

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