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Exemptions reduce the market value of your property. This lowers your tax obligation. Some of these exemptions are:
Some jurisdictions have limitations of taxes on homesteads of the elderly or disabled. These are commonly called "tax freezes." Taxes are limited to the amount paid on the homestead in the qualifying year plus the value of any additions to the property made after the qualifying year.
These limitations currently exist for all school districts. The limitation is also effective for the Flood Control Fund, Alamo Community College, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, Shavano Park, Leon Valley, and Live Oak.
You may defer or postpone paying taxes on your homestead if you are 65 years of age or older or disabled for as long as you occupy the residence. A homeowner must file a deferral affidavit with the Bexar Appraisal District. The deferred status only postpones the liability and therefore does not cancel the tax obligation. Interest accrues at the rate of eight percent per year. Once a property owner no longer lives or owns the home, past taxes and deferred interest become due on the 181st day.
The chief appraiser is responsible for granting/denying exemption applications. A property owner or the owner's authorized agent must file the necessary application before May 1 of the tax year.
To apply for an exemption, call the Bexar Appraisal District at 210-224-2432. You may also contact their agency directly by email or visit their website to obtain the necessary forms. The exemption will be forwarded to the tax office as soon as the Appraisal District updates their records.
Failure to receive a tax statement does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty, interest, due date, the existence of a tax lien, or any procedure instituted to collect a tax. Please contact My Information Center at 210-335-2251 to request a duplicate tax statement or you can check your account status online.