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FAQ's - Taxpayer Assistance

• Is it true that once I am 65 years of age, I will not have to pay any more taxes?  [Read more...]

No, that is not necessarily true. The amount of the exemptions that are granted by each taxing entity is subtracted from the market value of your residence and the taxes are calculated on that "lower value." In addition, when you turn 65, you may receive a "tax ceiling" for your total school taxes; that is, the school taxes on your residence cannot increase as long as you own and live in that home. If you significantly improve your home (other than ordinary repairs and maintenance), tax ceilings can go up. For example, if you add a swimming pool, a garage, a storage building, and a room to your home, or significantly remodel your home, your tax ceiling can rise. It will also change if you move to a new home. The tax ceiling is set at the amount you pay in the year that you qualify for the senior citizen exemption. The county, city or special district may adopt a tax ceiling.

• I am over 65 years of age. Are my taxes frozen?  [Read more...]

You may receive a “tax ceiling” for your total school taxes; that is, the school taxes on your home cannot increase as long as you own and live in that home.  The tax ceiling is set at the amount you pay in the year that you qualify for the Over-65 homeowner exemption.  Other taxing units may adopt a tax ceiling.  Please contact the Appraisal District if you have questions concerning this issue.  Tax ceilings can go up if you significantly improve your home (other than by ordinary repairs and maintenance). For example, if you add a swimming pool, a garage, a storage building, a room to your home, or significantly remodel your home, your tax ceiling can rise.  It will also change if you move to a new home.

• How do I transfer my senior citizen or disabled person tax ceiling?  [Read more...]

You may transfer the same percentage of school taxes paid to another qualified homestead in the state. If the county, city or special district grants the limitation, you may transfer the same percentage of taxes paid to another qualified homestead within that same taxing unit.

To transfer the tax ceiling, you must qualify for an Over-65 or Disabled Person exemption at your previous residence and complete the Tax Ceiling Transfer form. A current Homestead Exemption application must also be completed for the new residence. These forms can be printed from the Forms page on this site or call our office at (956)-399-9322. Attach current proof of age or the date your disability began. Acceptable proof of age includes either a copy of the front side of your driver's license or a copy of your birth certificate or any official document reflecting your date of birth. Acceptable proof of disability includes a current statement from the Social Security Administration (1-800-772-1213) showing that you are disabled and the date on which your disability began.

Once the form has been processed, a certificate will be sent to the appropriate tax office for processing. If the tax rate has not been set for the current tax year, it will delay the processing of your transfer request. If the tax rate has been set, please allow 30-60 days for processing.

• Why do I still pay taxes, I don't have any kids in school?  [Read more...]

In the State of Texas, our public schools are primarily funded by property taxes. If you own a property, you will pay ad valorem taxes.
The amount of taxes is based on your appraised value, unless you qualify for a tax exemption, which is a tax break or discount that the state mandates the taxing entity to give or the local entity votes or chooses to give.
The exemptions for your primary residence are Homestead, Over-65, or Disabled Persons. Disabled Veteran's Exemption may be applied on any one property the Texas resident owns.
All applications require proof of Texas residency for all owners of the property to qualify. (I.e. Driver's license for a licensed driver)

The Cameron Appraisal District requires a valid driver's license showing the address of the homestead for verification of primary residence - for both applicant & spouse. Contact the Appraisal District for other forms of identification accepted, if you are not a licensed driver.
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