The Irving City Council has unanimously approved an increase to the property tax exemption for residents who are at least 65 years old or disabled to $35,000 of taxable value.
The increase to the tax exemption was passed June 22 to help ease the financial pressure placed on seniors and disabled residents who live on a fixed income, as property tax rates continue to rise in North Texas.
Residents who qualify for the homestead exemption may also be eligible for the over 65 or disabled persons exemption. The current homestead exemption reduces a resident’s property tax rate by 20 percent. In addition, under the new ordinance, residents who meet the age or disability qualifier would receive a $5,000 increase in that exemption — raising it from $30,000 to $35,000 of property value.
The average Irving single-family residence is valued at $153,000, and the tax rate is set at $0.5941 per $100 of valuation for Fiscal Year 2016-17. Based on the current budget, with both exemptions, residents 65 or older and/or disabled could see a reduction of more than $300 off their property tax bill.
The new ordinance will be included as part of the FY 2017-18 budget, and the increased exemption will be applied on property taxes due Jan. 1, 2018.
Residents interested in receiving the homestead tax exemption must apply through the Dallas Central Appraisal District at DallasCAD.org/Exemptions.aspx.
For more information on the ordinance, view the June 21 Irving City Council work session.