Sunnyvale's newly-approved 20% homestead exemption will save Sunnyvale homeowners a cumulative $1.3 million for 2023.
In 2023, the Sunnyvale Town Council approved the Town’s first homestead exemption for residential property owners.
The owner of a primary residence can apply for an exemption for the 2023 tax year and future tax years from Town of Sunnyvale ad valorem taxation of 20% of the appraised value.
Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation and reduce the amount of property taxes you will pay. Only a homeowner’s principal residence qualifies for this exemption.
This exemption specifically applies to Town of Sunnyvale taxes and does not change your taxes from other entities such as Dallas County, Sunnyvale ISD or other special districts.
If you already have a homestead exemption through Dallas County or Sunnyvale ISD, you will automatically receive the Town of Sunnyvale exemption. If you have not previously applied for or received an exemption, you will need to apply.
Detailed instructions for the application process and a list of frequently asked questions are available on this page.
Applying for Homestead Exemption
To apply, go to the Dallas County Appraisal District web page and search for your property. When you click to see your property details, you will see a link labeled "Print Homestead Exemption Form." Complete and submit that form along with the required documentation.
To qualify, you must own and reside in your home on January 1 of the year application is made and cannot claim a homestead exemption on any other property. If you temporarily move away from your home, you still can qualify for this exemption, if you do not establish another principal residence and you intend to return in less than two years. You may exceed the two year limit if you are in military service serving outside of the United States or live in a facility providing services related to health, infirmity or aging. Applications cannot be filed before the date you qualify for the exemption. If you are a single or married homeowner filing together, you may be eligible to apply online.
Each individual owner, excluding married couples, residing on the property must complete a separate application to qualify for an exemption for his or her interest in the property. If separate individuals own this property, you must list the percent of ownership for each and the name and mailing address of each owner who does not reside at the property. Exemptions are allocated according to percent of ownership interest the applicant has in the property. For property owned through a beneficial interest in a qualifying trust, attach a copy of the document creating the trust. For heir property, see below for required documents.
Select all exemptions that apply and check the appropriate box (Step 3)
Answer all questions completely (Step 4)
Attach all documents required by the application (Step 4 & 5)
Complete the requested information (Step 6, Driver’s License and Date of Birth). If you are married, it is to your benefit for your spouse to also provide ID information.
Sign and date the application (Step 6). You must affirm you have not claimed another residence homestead exemption in Texas or another state and all information provided in the application is true and correct.
It is a crime to make false statements on a homestead application or to file on more than one property. You could be found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor or a state jail felony under §37.10, Penal Code.
If you need to change your address on your TX driver’s license or TX ID card to your homestead property address, please visit one of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) locations.