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2014 - April POSTS

Why Should You Pay Much More than Your Fair Share of Property Taxes?

29th April 2014
If you own any real estate property, then one of your biggest nemeses has to be property taxes. No one likes paying them, but they are just a fact of life for any property owner. In Texas, this fact of life hits property owners a little harder. That's because a board serving the county....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Tax Reduction Services Houston, Houston Property Tax, Harris County Appraisal District, Reduce property tax bill

When Should You Protest Your Property Tax Notice?

29th April 2014
No one really wants to pay his/her property taxes, but it's often a fact of life in many locations. Property taxes have a tendency to be overwhelming for many people, even if they have the means to pay. In Texas, property taxes are determined by county appraisal districts. These districts....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property tax bill, property tax payment, Harris County Appraisal District, Property tax protest

10 Reasons Your House Is Different from Any Other House and Should Be Valued Accordingly!

28th April 2014
When looking at the value of your home it is important that you ensure it is being properly valued by appraisers. If your home is listed as being worth more than it really is, you may end up paying more taxes. If your home is listed as being worth less than it really is, you could lose money....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: harris county tax appraisal district, Houston Property Tax, property tax protest Houston

5 Things You Should Know about Property Protest Hearing Season!

28th April 2014
In Texas, property protest hearing season is a hectic time for property owners, county appraisal districts (CADs), and the Appraisal Review Board (ARB). Property protests occur when the homeowner is dissatisfied with the CADs appraisal of their property’s worth. In most cases, this means....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: harris county tax appraisal district, Texas Property Taxes, Property Tax Deadlines, Houston Property Tax Protest

5 Corrections You Should Make On Your Property Tax Protest

24th April 2014
Filing a property tax protest is often a necessary thing to do in the state of Texas. If you feel that the county appraisal district (CAD) has given you an unfair assessment, then you can protest the appraisal with the appraisal review board (ARB). The National Taxpayer's Union reports....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Houston Property Tax Protest, property tax protest Houston, Houston Tax Company

5 Reasons Why You Should Protest Every Year!

24th April 2014
Each year, you receive a bill from the tax assessor to let you know that your property taxes are due. The amount is there in black and white, along with instructions on how to contest the assessment if you think it is incorrect or unfair. A great way to determine if the assessment is not correct....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Houston Property Tax Protests, Property Tax Reduction Houston

Missing the Deadline: When Are Property Taxes Due?

22nd April 2014
The property tax deadline is a date that looms large in the lives of property owners in Texas. Missing the deadline is obviously something that you don’t want to do. The state of Texas can levy penalties and interest on the day after the deadline. Thus, it’s important to get your....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Property Tax Deadlines, Harris County Appraisal District, Texas Property Taxes

You Don't Have to Be a Rocket Scientist to Protest Your Property Tax Notice!

22nd April 2014
If you feel like your property taxes are outrageous then you are not alone. There are many people who feel this way. So many, in fact that the state of Texas actually has a special form for you to fill out in the event that you want to protest the amount of your tax bill. In fact, in July of....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Protests, Property Tax Deadlines, Texas Property Tax Reduce, Texas Property Tax Appeals

Your House Records Might Not Be Correct: 3 Ways This Can Hurt Your Property Taxes!

21st April 2014
When you are a property owner, how your home records are listed can truly help or hurt you when time comes for the taxes to be paid. It is very important to make sure that your home records are always up to date and correct in order to save you a HUGE headache down the road. Are You Overpaying....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Tax Reduction Services Houston, Property Tax Company Houston, Harris County Tax Assessor

Don't Miss Your Property Tax Protest Deadline: May 31 or 30 Days after Notice Sent

21st April 2014
In Texas, the laws and regulations regarding property tax can become incredibly confusing for most people. There are all sorts of boards, districts, deadlines, and dates that you have to keep in mind. Trying to balance everything and ensure that you’ve paid the right amount by the right....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Texas Property Taxes, Houston Property Tax Protests, Harris county appraisal district

3 Things You Should Expect When You Protest Your Property Tax Notice!

18th April 2014
Anytime you have some sort of issue with your property taxes, you are entitled to protest it to the ARB (Appraisal Review Board). You can protest against the appraisal district value if you disagree with it. You can also protest against ANY of the actions of the Appraisal district concerning....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: property tax protest Harris County, Harris County Appraisal District, Property Appraisal Value, Houston property tax protest, Appraisal Review Board, property tax appeal houston

4 Things to Know About County Appraisal District Retaliation

18th April 2014
County appraisal districts in Texas have a lot of power when it comes to property taxes. They are responsible for setting the value of every property in the county. In turn, that value is what taxing units (like cities and school boards) will use to levy a tax against your property. Many Texas....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: County Appraisal District, Protest Property Tax Houston, Harris county property tax protest

3 Reasons Why You Should Get a Tax Certificate!

16th April 2014
There are plenty of intricacies involved with property tax laws in Texas. If you don’t have the right understanding of the system, then you can end up in a negative position. Unlike many states, Texas does not directly collect property taxes from its residents. Instead, property taxes....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Tax Certification, Texas Property Tax Code, Harris County Appraisal District, Texas Property Tax Protests

Why You Should Litigate Your Value

16th April 2014
Texas property ownership annually file a judicial deal to further reduce their property taxes if the property has been appraisal review board hearing and is large enough to make a judicial appeal financially feasible. The three steps in the Texas property tax appeal process include the informal....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax Calendar
Keywords: Property Taxes Calendar, Texas Property Tax

4 Reasons Why Your Tax Roll is given to the Appraisal Review Board

16th April 2014
The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) in Texas was established to provide equalization and oversight in matters involving property taxes and appraisals. The ARB provides the general public with a way to protest or appeal the rulings of county appraisal districts (CADs). CADs are prone to getting....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Harris County Appraisal District, Property Tax Errors, Protest Property Taxes

Why no One is to Blame for Rising Property Taxes

15th April 2014
The three key players in the Texas property tax system include the appraisal districts, tax entities, and politicians in the legislature. Rising property taxes have been a source of frustration and discomfort to many Texas businesses and homeowners.  However, each of the parties in the....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax Calendar
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Calendar

3 Reasons to Protest Property Taxes Even When Your Value Goes Down

14th April 2014
For most people in Texas, protesting your property taxes is something you do only when the appraised value increases unexpectedly. It's certainly rare for a property tax protest to be relevant when the appraisal of your property drops. A drop in the appraisal value occurs when the county....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Reduce, Texas Property Tax Appeals, Houston Property Tax Protest

4 Reasons You Should Protest Even If Your Property Value Is at Market Value

14th April 2014
Having your property appraised at a fair value is important if you want to maintain accurate records and avoid paying too much on properly taxes each year. Even if your home is valued at a fair market value, you may still want to look at protesting the proposed taxes with the Appraisal Review....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Reduce Property Tax Texas, O Connor Property Tax, Houston Property Tax Protest

3 Steps to Take When You Don't Receive Your Notice of Appraised Property Value

11th April 2014
Every year, your property is tax-based on its value as determined by a county assessor, who analyzes a variety of details before delineating a fair, accurate property value quote. In Houston, Texas, property values are assessed every year in accordance with a measure passed in 2012. This....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Notice of Appraised Property Value, harris county appraisal district,

OCA Attempt to Get HCAD to Stop Using Bogus Commercial Unequal Appraisal Evidence

11th April 2014
Harris County appraisal District for at least eight years has been presenting evidence regarding unequal appraisal for commercial properties that we strongly believe is generated with the intention of reaching a predetermined value. We believe this is a violation of both appraisal standards....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax Calendar
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Calendar

5 Reasons Why You Can Beat City Hall: Preparing for Your Appeal

11th April 2014
When you stand before the appeals court and protest the property tax bill and the appraised value of your property, there are several things you can do to win your case. #1 - Document everything. When you make your case and argue against the property tax amount, you need to be able to....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Houston, Property Tax Appeal Planning, Reduce Property Tax Texas

Unfair ARBs and What We are Doing to Address the Problem

10th April 2014
O’Connor and Associates has long been addressing the issue of grossly biased appraisal review boards. The problem stems from the perception of appraisal review board members that since they are paid by the appraisal district, they need to be loyal to the appraisal district in making decisions.....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax Calendar
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Calendar

Property Tax Protest Deadline Approaching for Houston, Texas

10th April 2014
Owning property is a wonderful thing, until the time comes to pay taxes on the appraised value of that property. Many property owners in Houston, Texas are facing a unique dilemma this year- they do not know whether or not they should protect increasing property taxes because many have not....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: tax protest deadline, property tax houston, property tax harris county

How to be Prepared for A Property Tax Appeal!

10th April 2014
Many property owners have the option of protesting the increased appraised value of their property so they can try and get a lower tax bill for the year. While you might not cut much off your yearly taxes, over time the savings can really add up. If you keep maintaining an accurate appraised....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property tax appeal, property tax Houston, Houston Property Tax Protest

How we Forced HCAD to Start Providing HB 201 data

9th April 2014
The Texas property tax code is favorable to property owners. Unfortunately, appraisal districts and appraisal review boards often choose to ignore these sections of the Texas property tax code that are friendly to property owners. An example of this is the sections that provided the appraisal....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax Calendar
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Calendar

Interview on Greenway Plaza Assessment

8th April 2014
Harris County appraisal District assessed Greenway Plaza at approximately 53 percent of its market value in 2013 as a basis of an informal settlement. Greenway Plaza had a least the sales price of approximately $950 million in 2013.  However, according to information on the cousins....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax Calendar
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Calendar

Limits Who can Communicate with the District Court Administrative Law Judge who is Responsible for Selecting ARB Members

7th April 2014
The legislature checking the process for choosing appraisal review board members in Pierce County and Fort Bend County in 2009. Instead of having the appraisal district Board of Directors selected the appraisal review board members, the responsibility was delegated to the district court administrative....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Propert Tax Law Changes, Texas Property Tax

Unfair Assessments for Low Income Housing

4th April 2014
Harris County appraisal District has historically excessively valued low income homes. For the purposes of this analysis, low income properties are those with a market value of less than $100,000. A good example of this is ZIP Codes 77033 where the South Park neighborhood is located. In....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Propert Tax Law Changes, Texas Property Tax

ARB Members Can be Fired Based upon Clear and Convincing Evidence of Repeated Bias or Misconduct

2nd April 2014
Changes made by the 2013 Texas legislature provides that appraisal review board members can be fired based on clear and convincing evidence of repeated bias were misconduct. This is an excellent change since in the past there was no basis for terminating grossly biased appraisal review board....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Propert Tax Law Changes, Texas Property Tax

Texas Comptroller Shall Annually Issue a Report Card for Each ARB

1st April 2014
Requiring the Texas Comptroller to annually issue a report card for each appraisal review board is considered an excellent change.  Human nature is such that people want to be well regarded both individually and as part of the groups they belong to. The basis for generating the report....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Propert Tax Law Changes, Texas Property Tax



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