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What to Expect with Property Tax Assessment and Tax 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 tax assessments being mailed out to landowners, 2019 is certainly going to bring some surprises. Appraisals from the county appraisal districts (CADs) throughout…

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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 why it should be done every year for best results. Here are 10 reasons: 1) Appraisal district values are not reliable. The average…

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Appealing Business Personal Property Tax Assessments in Texas

If you are a business owner in Texas, you must appeal business personal property tax every year. Business personal property values are reassessed each year in Texas. “Collecting more taxes than is necessary is legalized robbery.” These words of wisdom, spoken by the 13th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, still ring true in…

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Texas Property Taxes — Rendering Business Personal Property (BPP)

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 of business personal property (BPP) to file an annual rendition. However, until 2003 when the Texas Legislature revised the law, there were…

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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 district the ownership and value of the assets. Historically, however, over half of all owners of business personal property have not rendered. The…

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Property Tax: Mark Your Calendar for January 1st!

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Property tax in Texas has a tendency to be confusing for many of its residents. If you have ever had to pay property tax in the state, then you probably have a basic understanding of all the hoops you have to jump through and all the deadlines and dates you have to keep in mind….

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Top 11 Reasons Texas Property Owners Do Not Appeal Their Property Taxes

We’ve gone through and gathered a list of the Top 11 reasons why Texas property owners do not file a property tax appeal. Number 11 – Guesstimates of assessed value are established by computers, and we all know computers are ALWAYS correct. Number 10 – If I file an appeal, they may send people in…

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How Should You Prepare For Your Protest Hearing?

The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) will notify you at least 15 days in advance with the date, time and place of your hearing. We recommend that you try to discuss your protest issue with the ARB office in advance. You may work out a satisfactory solution without appearing before the ARB. If necessary and you…

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Property Taxes are Big Burden for Seniors in Texas

Property taxes are a burden for seniors in Texas. Fortunately, Texas seniors have many options to limit the impact of property taxes, including a freeze on school taxes, generous exemptions and the ability to defer paying property taxes for their residence. Homestead exemptions are available for all Texas homeowners to reduce their property taxes, with…

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Why is it necessary to protest my commercial property taxes every year?

Do you remember the iconic scene from the movie Network when TV news anchor Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch, says, “I’m mad as h*** and I’m not going to take it anymore.”?  Howard Beale was fed up with the banks, crime and unemployment. Today, homeowners are that angry about increasing property values and in…

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Property Tax Basics

Property taxes are local taxes. Your local officials value your property, set your tax rates and collect your taxes. However, state law governs how the process works. You can play an effective role in the process if you know your rights, understand the remedies available to you and fulfill your responsibilities. Your most important right…

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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 property owners in Texas, a state with notoriously high property taxes, may be forced to budget a “big chunk” of their operating budgets…

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4 Steps You Should Take If There Is A Gross Over-Assessment Of Your BPP

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Over-assessment of your business personal property taxes can sometimes be a complicated mess. There are four steps you should take if you believe your business personal property taxes are over-assessed. When it comes to property tax law in Texas, you may feel as though you need a property tax glossary to understand everything. Even then,…

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How do the county appraisal districts appraise land without appraisers?

Per the Texas Comptroller statistics published on their website for 2015, there were 334 land appraisers at the county appraisal districts to value 12,200,000 parcels. The county appraisal districts have hearings 4 months a year and they have 8 months to do valuations, or about 160 work days. On average for Texas in 2015, county…

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Top 4 Things You Need To Bring To Your Hearing

If you filed a protest on your property tax value, then your hearing date is soon approaching. There are four necessary pieces of information you must bring to the hearing to aid your attempt in getting a reduction in your property value. The four main types of information to be compiled for the hearing are:…

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Should I protest myself or hire a consultant?

This is a great question, and you may be surprised that I suggest either option will work well. Well prepared home owners can do an excellent job of presenting their case and getting a favorable reduction. There are two issues to consider: 1) will you protest and show up for the hearing each and every…

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Property Tax Appeals can Result in Significant Savings

Property tax appeals are an opportunity to challenge the appraisal district’s estimated value of your property. Since appraisal districts are required to value property at 100 percent of value, about half of the 1.8 million parcels in Harris County are over-taxed. Appraisal districts use mass appraisal to value property and are not able to inspect…

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Why Do My Commercial Property Taxes Increase Every Year?

That is an excellent question and Texas, unlike many states, tends to revalue property annually to maximize property taxes.  In many states, appraisal districts only revalue every three, five or ten years.  However, in Texas, many of the appraisal districts revalue annually. The only purpose of the annual valuation is to keep property tax values…

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Things to Remember about your Property Tax Appraisal

Appraisal District officials mailed out property tax appraisals recently and it is estimated that taxable values went up again. Homeowners can challenge their appraisals; the deadline for filing a protest for most homeowners is May 15, but technically it is 30 days after receiving a notice in the mail. Don’t panic! There are few things…

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3 Things You Can Do To Minimize Your Property Taxes

1. Make sure you have any exemptions that apply. There are many exemptions available to property owners, but two main exemptions include homestead and over-65. A regular homestead exemption is the easiest way to reduce your property taxes for your house if it is your primary residence. There are only two requirements for getting a…

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