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.
Read more about the homestead exemption.