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Travis County property owners may be eligible for temporary disaster-related relief on property taxes

Damage to landscaping or trees can't be included in determining eligibility for the exemption.

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — There could be some temporary property tax relief available for Travis County property owners following last week's ice storm.

The Travis Central Apprasial District (TCAD) said that those impacted by the storm could be "eligible for a temporary disaster-related exemption to help lower their property taxes."

“Property owners who suffered damage to buildings, mobile homes, or business personal property during the recent ice storm may be eligible for a temporary break on their 2023 property taxes,” said Marya Crigler, an appraiser with TCAD.

A chief appraiser will have to examine the property to determine if the property owner qualifies for a temporary exemption. This will be based on a damage assessment rating of Level I, II, III or IV, according to tax code section 11.35.

If the property damage totals a minimum of 15% of the property's improvement value, then the property owner qualifies. TCAD said the amount of the exemption is determined by "multiplying the property’s improvement value, after applying the assessment rating, to a fraction comprised of the days remaining in the tax year after the governor has declared a disaster divided by 365."

Here's a look at the different damage assessment ratings:

  • Level I: Damage is minimal, may continue to be used as intended. Exemption percentage of 15%
  • Level II: Nonstructural damage and waterline less than 18 inches above floor. Exemption percentage of 30%
  • Level III: Significant structural damage and waterline of 18 inches or more above floor. Exemption percentage of 60%
  • Level IV: Total loss and repair is not feasible. Exemption percentage of 100%

Damage to landscaping or trees can't be included in determining eligibility for the exemption.

“Travis County property owners will spend the next few months assessing damage and rebuilding their homes and businesses. This temporary exemption can offer some property tax relief during this difficult time,” Crigler said.

The temporary exemption lasts until the property is reappraised. 

Property owners have until May 22, 2023 to apply for the temporary exemption. You can complete the application online, by mail or in person at TCAD's 805 East Anderson Lane location.

For more information about the temporary exemption, visit TCAD's website.

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