Tax Exemptions

What is a tax exemption?

Texas allows a variety of tax exemptions for property and property owners that qualify for the exemption. An exemption removes all or part of the property’s value from taxation, which lowers the tax bill. For example, if a home is valued at $300,000 and the property owner qualifies for a $40,000 residence homestead exemption, he or she pay taxes on the home as if it were worth $260,000. [Texas Comptroller]

What tax exemptions are offered by Missouri City?

  • General homestead – the greater of 2.5% of the assessed value of the home or $5,000
  • Disability - $20,000
  • 65 and older - $25,000

An eligible disabled person who is 65 years of age or older may not receive both a disabled and a 65 and older residence homestead exemption from Missouri City—one or the other must be selected.

What tax exemptions do other taxing entities offer?

Contact each taxing entity to find out what, if any, exemptions they offer. Generally exemption information can be found at the following websites:

Fort Bend County: Homestead Exemption | Fort Bend County (

Harris County: Property Tax Exemptions for Homeowners - Harris Central Appraisal District (

How do I receive a tax exemption?

Property owners are required to apply for exemptions in most circumstances. The general deadline for filing an exemption application is April 30. The form is available at: Application for Residence Homestead Exemption ( Once completed, file the form with the appraisal district for the county in which the property is located. Both Fort Bend County and Harris County offer electronic submission opportunities. A copy of the property owner’s state-issued driver’s license or personal identification certificate will be required to complete the form. A separate application may need to be completed once a homeowner reaches the age of 65. For more information, contact your county appraisal district.

A separate application may need to be completed once a homeowner reaches the age of 65. Property owners already receiving a general residence homestead exemption who turn age 65 in that next year are not required to apply for age 65 or older exemption if accurate birthdate information is include in the appraisal district records.