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                                             Texas Homestead Exemption Scams

       By Mary Beth Harrison
       Dated: Feb 24, 2010

       All Texas homeowners qualify for a homestead exemption on their principal residence. This exemption
       reduces the taxable value of a home—meaning a lower annual bill to local taxing entities.

       You must apply for the exemption, but there is no fee associated with applying for a homestead exemption.

        Scammers send official-looking stationery to suggest that a fee (usually $50 or more) must be paid for a
       homeowner to get the exemption. They may also imply that their company is an official taxing authority or
       a "tax processing center." These claims are false and deceptive.

       Texas state law requires these companies to make it clear that they are not a governmental agency. Yet,
       many people are confused by these solicitations and send in the fees. These letters usually start appearing in
       mailboxes during the first few weeks of the new year, so be on your toes.

        You can download the application for residential homestead exemption from the state comptroller’s Web
       site and send it in to your appraisal district.

        Read other related articles on

        1) Homestead Information…You Should Know About

        2) Homestead exemption not exempt from Fort Worth budget discussions

        Originally posted on


       Whether you are buying or selling a home in Dallas, or you are relocating to the Dallas area, the The
       Harrison Group is here to help.

       Category            Real Estate, Property, Consumer
       Tags                homestead exemption, dallas tx real estate, appraisal district dallas tx
       Email               Click to email author
       Phone               214-365-6500
       Fax                 214-373-9648
       Address             8201 Preston Road #265
       City/Town           Dallas
       State/Province      Texas
       Zip                 75225
       Country             United States

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