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Tax Information For New Homeowners
If you are a new property owner, you are required to pay property taxes on real estate. It is taxed each year by a variety of jurisdictions including the county, city and school district. As a 2015 purchaser, you need to notify the taxing authorities of your ownership so that the tax rolls will reflect the change. You may do this by contacting the appropriate tax appraisal district in your county from the following list:
Collin County Appraisal District 469-742-9200 www.collincad.org
Dallas County Appraisal District 214-631-0910 www.dallascad.org
Denton County Appraisal District 940-349-3800 www.dentoncad.com
Ellis County Appraisal District 972-937-3552 www.elliscad.org
Rockwall County Appraisal District 972-771-2034 www.rockwallcad.com
Tarrant County Appraisal District 817-284-0024 www.tad.org
Your property is assigned a single appraised value, which is sent to all taxing jurisdictions. The jurisdiction then applies the tax rate, as set by its governing body, to the appraised value.
In order to qualify for a residential homestead exemption you must provide the following to the Central Appraisal District when submitting your application:
1. A copy of the applicant’s Texas driver’s license or Texas identification certificate
IMPORTANT NOTE: The property address on the exemption application must match the address listed on the applicant’s Texas driver’s license/Texas Identification certificate; otherwise the Chief Appraiser is prohibited from approving the exemption.
**2016 TAX EXEMPTIONS
On January 1, value, ownership, legal description of the property and exemption status of the taxpayer is determined. Several forms of tax relief are available which may reduce the taxable value of your property. Applying for exemptions is the taxpayer’s responsibility. Some exemptions require a new application each year. Contact your appraisal district to learn more about the following exemptions and how to file for them:
General Homestead Exemption
Over 65 Exemption
Disabled Individual Exemption
Disabled Veteran Exemption
To receive your exemption(s), you must own the property and be living in the property as of January 1st. Your application must be applied for on or before April 30, 2016 to receive the tax benefits for this year. This is a FREE service.
Remember, tax statements are generally mailed in October of each year. The taxes are payable on or after October 31, however, you may elect to pay them as late as January 31 without penalty. Taxes become delinquent February 1 and on this date penalties and interest do accrue.
If you receive a Tax Statement and your mortgage company is escrowing funds for taxes from your monthly payments, forward the statement to your mortgage company so they can pay the taxes.
If the Central Appraisal District sends correspondence regarding your exemptions, make sure to respond.
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