Governor Abbot has signed House Bill 456, passed by the Legislature, granting certain charities an exemption from ad valorem taxes on their oil and gas royalties, effective January 1, 2024. The bill amends Tax Code Section 11.18(a), which provides ad valorem tax exemptions for charitable organizations, including churches and educational institutions. The bill amends the statute to provide an ad valorem tax exemption for mineral and royalty interests, but only for some charitable organizations.
The exemption applies to the following types of charitable organizations who provide services without regard to ability to pay, but only if the mineral or royalty interest (i) is not severed from the surface estate (i.e., is under land owned by the charity), or (ii) was donated to the charity:
- a charity providing medical care;