Misleading Homestead Tax Exemption offer

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The Office of the Attorney did a press release in regards to misleading Homestead Exemption solicitation. 

AG, Ken Paxton, warns consumers to beware of businesses that are sending misleading letters to Texans offering a “designation of homestead” if they pay a fee. This is a free service provided by Counties to property owners.

So far, the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office has received over 100 complaints from Texans that received solicitations for these designations and, in some cases, sent back money for a homestead exemption.

All complaints are being reviewed and whatever legal steps are necessary to stop unlawful activity by any company taking advantage of Texans. Attorney General Paxton said. “I urge anyone who has received a solicitation offering a ‘designation of homestead’ that they believe is deceptive to please call my office’s consumer hotline at 800-621-0508 and report it.”

Texans can report suspicious or fraudulent activity by filing a complaint with the attorney general’s office online at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint.