Are you a new homeowner or new to Texas? With so much to do upon buying a
new home, it is easy to overlook some vital steps. This checklist contains a
variety of items often missed because new homeowners are unfamiliar with Texas
property tax laws. Please visit other articles in our knowledge base for
answers to many of your questions about appraisal and exemptions.
- Update your current driver license to a Texas driver license
that reflects the new property address. You can visit https://www.dps.texas.gov/
for more information.
- Check your property information on WCAD.org, Property Search for ownership updates.
- Once ownership is updated on our webpage:
- Confirm name
- Confirm mailing address
- Review the structures and improvements for your property for
owners should advise WCAD if their property is not listed correctly on
local tax records and provide the correct name, current address, and
property description. This is especially important to remember in the
event of death, divorce and other events that may trigger change in
ownership. Updated ownership information may be submitted via https://zforms.wcad.org/williamsoncentralappraisaldist/form/NameSitusUpdate1/formperma/DSZ_xv7Ao-nejL2-iDpC81klaMC2wPX7nU-OJx6CzMw and
updated mailing address information via https://www.wcad.org/update-contact-information/
- Visit https://support.wcad.org/portal/kb/articles/tips to
learn about available property tax exemptions. (Please keep in mind the
General Residence Homestead, Person Age 65 or Older, Surviving Spouse of
Individual Who Qualified for Age 65 or Older Exemption, 100 Percent
Disabled Veteran, Surviving Spouse of Disabled Veteran 100%, and Disabled
Person are all located on Form 50-114.)
- As the new
property owner, you do not have to wait until January 1 to
apply for your General Residence Homestead exemption or other
exemptions. Once your TXDL has been updated or obtained, you can
begin the application process. https://www.wcad.org/online-exemption-information/
Please see the information and links below regarding property tax
- Add these important dates to your annual calendar:
- April 15 – Last day for business property owners to file
renditions or request an extension to May 15.
- April 30 –
Optional early deadline for filing protests to the Appraisal Review Board
for residence homesteads; however, protests may be filed without penalty
until May 15, or within 30 days of the date a notice of appraised value
is mailed to the property owner.
- Last day to apply
for many types of exemptions, such as Solar exemption.
- Last day to apply
for agricultural or wildlife productivity appraisal.
- May 15 – Deadline for filing protests to the
Appraisal Review Board (or by the 30th day after a notice of appraised
value is mailed to the property owner, whichever is later).
- October – Tax bills are usually mailed during
- January 31 of
following year– Last day to pay
property taxes without penalty and interest.
deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the last day to file is
automatically extended to the next business day.**
- Review our
website videos https://www.wcad.org/webcast-videos/
- Save your
closing paperwork in a safe place, especially your survey, deed, and Sale
Settlement Statement for future reference.
Tax Ceiling Transfer Certificate Request Form
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Tax Deferral Affidavit Age 65 or Older or Disabled Homeowner
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Ways to attach your Drivers License/Documents to an online application
Option 1: Using your mobile device (cell phone, tablet) Step 1 - Take picture of document with your device Step 2 - Email your document to yourself Step 3 - Save document on your computer where you can access it Step 4 - Click on the browse button on ...