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Exemption Application Information

The entities offer various exemptions that taxpayers may qualify for such as the residential homestead exemption. You may only apply for the residence homestead exemption on one property in a tax year in the state of Texas. A homestead may include up to 20 acres of land used primarily for residential purposes. To qualify for a homestead exemption, you must own and reside in the home on January 1st of the year you are applying for the exemptions. The age 65 or older and disability exemption includes a school tax limitation or tax ceiling. Some taxing units, such as county and cities, have optional exemptions and tax ceiling limits as well. The filing period for these exemptions is between January 1st and April 30th. You may file for a late homestead exemption if you file no later than one year after the date taxes become delinquent. There is also a transfer of tax limitation or tax ceiling certificate used to transfer your tax ceiling amount to the new county you will be residing in. Please see our Public Information tab above for more information on tax rates and available exemptions and the Forms tab for the blank application forms.

Business Personal Property Rendition

Texas law requires businesses to annually report their business personal property assets (inventory, machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, computers, vehicles, vessels, aircraft, etc.) to the appraisal district in which the property was located on January 1. This report, which the Texas Tax Code refers to as a “rendition” is due by April 15 and must be on a form approved by the state comptroller. Failure to file a rendition, or filing it late, subjects the business owner to a 10% mandatory late filing penalty. Filing of a false rendition, or a deliberate attempt to evade taxation, results in a mandatory civil penalty of 50% of the taxes found due and possible criminal prosecution. Additionally, business personal property that is not rendered is subject to back assessment as omitted property.

Please contact the Personal Property Department of the Trinity County Appraisal District at 936-642-1502 for additional information concerning the filing of  your rendition.

How to Present Your Case at an ARB Hearing:

A Homeowners Guide
A Guide for Small Businesses

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