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Bexar County Appraisal District – How to Protest

Bexar County Appraisal District’s property tax protest deadline is May 15 or 30 days after the appraisal district mails the notice of 2020 assessed value.  Bexar County Appraisal District reports home values are up 8.6% in 2020.

“The law doesn’t require us to be accurate right now. It requires us to be accurate as of January first,” said Bexar County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Michael Amezquita.  (Based on a story by KSAT.com.)

The protest deadline is the same whether you are protesting or hiring a property tax consultant to protest for you.  The protest is your opportunity to review and correct the computer-generated estimate of value from Bexar County Appraisal District.

2020 notices of assessed value are available on Bexar County Appraisal District’s website on April 25, 2020.  Bexar County property owners are strongly encouraged to file a protest NOW or at least prior to the May 15th protest deadline.  Bexar County reportedly plans to send notices of assessed value to property tax consultants on April 18th.  Notices of assessed value send to owners will be mailed in mid- to late-May.     However, if Bexar County Appraisal District does not send you a notice, or it gets lost in the mail, you lose your right to appeal unless you have filed a protest by May 15thNo exceptions; Covid-19 or not.

Property tax protests by May 15th are relevant for all types of Bexar County property: residential, commercial and business personal property.

Your best option in Bexar County is to protest each year, for each property, prior to May 15th.  This applies to all types of property.  If the Bexar County Appraisal District does not send a notice of assessed value to you, the deadline is May 15th.  Do not wait to receive a notice of assessed value from Bexar County Appraisal District; you lose your rights to protest if you delay and the appraisal district does not send a notice of assessed value.

FREE Bexar County Appraisal District Hearing Evidence Package: this valuable package has extensive information on your property and includes any information the appraisal district may use at the property tax protest hearing.  YOU MUST FILE A PROPERTY TAX PROTEST TO OBTAIN THE FREE HEARING EVIDENCE PACKAGE.

The Hearing Evidence Package includes information on the size, quality and condition of your property (as recorded by Bexar County Appraisal District), comparable sales and an unequal appraisal analysis.

The Hearing Evidence Package routinely includes information supporting a reduction in your property taxes, and it is FREE.  That is correct; the invaluable Hearing Evidence Package is FREE upon request, subject to two requirements: 1) you must timely file a protest and 2) you must ask the Bexar County Appraisal District to provide it to you.

How to File a Bexar County Appraisal District Protest

File a protest based on: 1) value over market value (41.41 a1), 2) unequal appraisal (41.41 a2) and 3) any other actions of the appraisal district or appraisal review board that apply to and negatively affect the property owner (41.41 a9).  Also include a copy of your request for the FREE Hearing Evidence Package with your request.  At a minimum, protest market value and unequal appraisal and request the free hearing evidence package by May 15th.  About 60 to 70% of property tax protests by owners and property tax consultants are successful.

The protest must be mailed by May 15th to be timely or filed on the appraisal district’s website by May 15th.  Bexar County Appraisal District’s mailing address is: 411 North Frio, San Antonio, TX  78207.

Why Protest Annually?

The linked page contains over 20 reasons for Bexar County owners to protest annually, starting with:

It is Your Money.

Appealing property taxes annually is one of the responsibilities of Bexar County property owners.  Like an untended garden, property taxes grow out of control if not reviewed and maintained.  An annual property tax appeal is like lawn care, annual HVAC check, cleaning the gutters or changing the oil in your car.  You can neglect these tasks, but the total cost will be higher if you do.  As the ad about changing your oil said, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later.”  Texas property taxes have  been growing at 7 to 10% annually and need careful review.

Bexar County Appraisal District uses computers to generate estimates of market value for hundreds of thousands of properties.  These computer-generated estimates of value are the basis for assessing property taxes in Bexar County for the county, city, school districts and other tax entities.

See how much tax revenue Bexar County Appraisal District supported.

Additional information on Bexar County Appraisal District

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Patrick O’Connor, MAI, Owner and President
Patrick O’Connor has been active in reducing property taxes, providing expert witness testimony and appraising commercial real estate property since 1983. Pat is active in publishing analyses and data with respect to the real estate market, while being a highly regarded media spokesperson for the real estate community. He holds a MAI, the highest achievable designation from the Appraisal Institute, and is a licensed senior property tax consultant. Pat earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In 2001, he authored the first definitive consumer guide to Texas property taxes, Cut Your Texas Property Taxes.

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