Commissioners Court approves homestead exemptions for homeowners

indexTax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan expressed his thanks to Harris County Commissioners Court for approving and adopting the property tax homestead exemptions.

“Each year, Harris County approves and adopts the homestead and Over-65/Disabled property tax exemptions,” said Sullivan. “This significantly reduces the tax burden for homeowners who qualify for these exemptions.”

Harris County Commissioners Court approved the orders for exemption from ad valorem taxation for tax year 2016 for the County, Flood Control District and Harris Health System (formerly known as Harris County Hospital District), in the following amounts of the appraised value of residence homesteads:

  • $5,000 or 20% of the appraised value, whichever is greater of an adult’s residence homestead;
  • $160,000 of the appraised value of the residence homestead of an individual who is disabled; or,
  • $160,000 of the appraised value of the residence homestead of an individual who is 65 or older.

Property owners are encouraged to contact the Harris County Appraisal District at or call 713-957-7800 to apply for exemptions.

“Exemptions are the easiest way to reduce your tax bill. With tens of thousands of people moving to our region each year, I want to ensure they have the proper exemptions,” said Sullivan.

Residents can visit to learn more about exemptions, tax deferrals and other ways to save money on their bill. If a resident has questions, they can contact our office by calling 713-274-8000 or emailing [email protected].

The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office Property Tax Division maintains approximately 1.5 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities including Harris County. The Tax Assessor-Collector’s office collects more than $5 billion in property taxes each year.

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