ew House and Senate Bills Benefit Texas Veterans

As a veteran you may not be getting all your homestead benefits. These two new laws extend benefits to surviving spouses of disabled veterans and extends military service protection to absences for service.

House Bill 992 amends the Tax Code Section 11.131, effective January 1, 2016. A disabled veteran’s surviving spouse is entitled to continue to benefit from the homestead exemption after the totally disabled veteran dies.

Senate Bill 833 amends Tax Code Section 11.13 effective June 19, 2015. It relates to the continuation of a residence homestead exemption while the owner is temporarily absent due to military service. Prior to this bill the military service causing the absence had to be outside the U.S. It now covers service within the U.S.