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Tips on the Appraisal Review Board Hearing

Even though most property tax appeals are resolved at the informal hearing, in some cases the homeowner will need to pursue the next step by appealing at the Appraisal Review Board (ARB)…

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Harris County Appraisal District Values Off by 20% for One in Six Houses

HCAD Appraisal

Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) values are much less reliable for older homes than for homes built after 1990. For homes built in 1990 or later, HCAD is typically within 8% of…

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Omitted Property: What Is the Impact of 5 Years of Back Property Taxes and Interest?

Mortgage Interest Deduction

Paying property taxes is the bane of every property owner in Texas. No one likes to do it, but the state and local agencies require property tax payments on any property that…

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Harris County Appraisal District Values Less Accurate for Older Homes

Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) values are much less reliable for older homes than for homes built after 1990. For homes built in 1990 or later, HCAD is typically within 8% of…

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Harris County Appraisal District Ignores Public Information Requests

Harris County Appraisal District has simply ignored several recent public information requests from O’Connor & Associates, including one for information regarding why they are claiming two-thirds of recent commercial sales are “invalid”….

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Harris County Appraisal District Over-Values Many Apartments by Over 50%

Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) has over valued about 7% of apartment complexes in Harris County by 50% or more. HCAD uses a process called mass appraisal to estimate values for all…

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Why no One is to Blame for Rising Property Taxes

Rising Property Taxes

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…

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Business Personal Property: What is Taxed?

Business tax

For those who may be unsure of what can be claimed as business personal property in terms of Property Taxes in Harris County, it is any tangible personal property that is used…

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Harris County Commissioners Investigate HCAD

Harris County Commissioners hired Texas’ premiere appraisal expert to investigate whether Harris County Appraisal District is fairly assessing home owners and commercial properties. Harris County Commissioners noticed a disturbing pattern of deep…

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What to do if Your BPP Value is Grossly Under-Assessed?

BPP Value

In most cases involving Texas property tax, an under-assessment is a great thing. With business personal property (BPP), however, there are a lot of issues that you have to take into account….

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Rising Property Tax Protests in Harris County Appraisal District

When governments vie for a gush in revenue flows, property owners choke at big tax bills. What they do to save budgets may sound prolific for municipalities and school districts to ease…

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5 Differences Between Real Property and Business Personal Property

Business Property taxes

Personal property can be defined as property that is tangible but is not true property. In the state of Texas, the general basis for differentiating between personal property and true property is…

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Texas Business Personal Property Rendition and Taxation

The Texas Property Tax Code for many years had required owners of business personal property (BPP) to annually render those assets used in a business. Rendering is summarizing to the central appraisal…

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What Should You Do When You Receive Your Notices of Assessed Value? – 5 Easy Steps

When you get your appraisal notice that tells you what value your home has been assessed at for the coming year, is that it? You see the appraised value and you are…

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How to be Prepared for A Property Tax Appeal

Many property owners have the option of appeal the increased appraised value of their property so they can try and get a lower tax bill for the year. While you might not…

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Property Tax Payment Deadline: What You Need to Know

The property tax payment 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…

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Texas Property Taxes — Rendering Business Personal Property (BPP)

Appraisal value

Business owners in Texas must render business personal property (BPP). There are business owners that do not render business personal property in Texas. Since 1981, the Texas Property Tax Code has required owners…

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Top 6 Things Commercial Property Owners Need to Know to Reduce Commercial Property Taxes

There are 6 things that commercial property owners can do to reduce commercial property taxes. Are you accustomed to seeing large numbers in the “property taxes due” column of tax statements? Commercial…

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What to Expect with Property Tax Assessment and Rates in 2019

Taxes are always a hot button issue with people around the nation. Of course, property taxes play a major role in the government and economy of the state of Texas. With property…

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Ten Reasons Every Texas Home Owner Should Protest Property Taxes Annually

Every homeowner knows that property taxes are a pain and they need to be dealt with accordingly, but what many do not know are the reasons WHY protesting is so important and…

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