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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately the amendments that were passed in 2011 and went into law in 2012 provide for complete exemption only for disabled veterans. See Texas Tax Code 11.131 (http://www.epcad.org/pdf/TexasPropertyTaxCode_11_131.pdf) There is no complete exemption for disabled and/or elderly (even disabled elderly). There IS a homestead tax ceiling, meaning that your taxes cannot go up if you're disabled and/or elderly. Further, a taxing district can offer an exemption of at least $3,000 to elderly/disabled homeowners. But again, this is an exemption, not exception. That means that there will still be taxes due, unfortunately, if you can't show that you're a completely disabled veteran or spouse.
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