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Do You Have to Pay Property Tax on a Leased Vehicle?

In Texas, all property is considered taxable, unless it is exempt by state or federal law.  Does that mean you have to pay property tax on a leased vehicle? Leased Vehicles for Personal Use Leased vehicles produce income for the leasing company and are in turn,  taxable to the leasing company.  In many leasing contracts,…

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Property Tax Appraisal Basics

It’s important to have a foundation of the property tax basics before you file a property tax appeal. 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…

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Mass Appraisal Versus Mess Appraisal

Hearing Series 1

If you’ve ever wondered how your appraisal district got your value so wrong, watch this quick video of Patrick O’Connor explaining the process the appraisal districts use to “value” Texas real estate. Suggestion: you might want to print this to read offline. Pat O’Connor: Why would you want to consider protesting? Well, let me tell…

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Property Tax Questions in Ector County, Texas

It’s the season for going over your property tax bills. Anita Campbell, Chief Appraiser for the Ector County Appraisal District in Texas and Odessa American columnist, has the answers to some of the most common concerns about property taxes, tax statements, and exemptions. Receiving your 2018 property tax statement By now, you should have your…

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Property Owners To Receive Requests To Reapply For 1-D-1 (Open Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal

The Chief Appraiser of the Atascosa Central Appraisal District in Texas has announced that some property owners should expect to receive a letter requesting an update on information for their 1-D-1 (Open Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal. Updating information on Agricultural Use Appraisal According to the Pleasanton Express, Chief Appraiser for the Atascosa Central Appraisal District…

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Do YOU Know What The Taxpayer Liaison Officer Does?

The primary duty of the Taxpayer Liaison Officer (TLO) is to resolve conflicts between the appraisal district and the taxpayers. Important responsibilities associated with the Taxpayer Liaison Officer are: Professional treatment to clients/parties The Taxpayer Liaison Officer reports directly to the appraisal district’s board of directors and not to the chief appraiser. Their primary role…

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The History of Unequal Appraisal and What That Means for YOU!

Do you know what Unequal Appraisal is and how it can help you in your fight for fair taxes? *Its ok! We didn’t either at first! 🙂 Background of Unequal Appraisal During the 1997 legislative session, major changes were made to the Texas Property Tax Code. One of the reforms was the right to appeal…

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5 Simple Steps to Property Tax Reduction for Owners of Flooded Property

The fact is: You will be over-taxed for 2018 if you were a flooded property owner and do not file an appeal, in 95% of cases in my opinion.     Here are 5 Property Tax Reduction Tips for Texas Property Owners Flooded by Hurricane Harvey  Property that has prior flooding and is fully repaired…

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Property Tax Appeal – THREE Things You Must Do When Filing

When filing a property tax appeal, there are THREE things that you MUST do every year. And these THREE things are a MUST when filing your property tax appeal . I’ve always recommended filing an appeal each and every year. Why? Because you don’t know if you should appeal until you’ve seen the appraisal district’s…

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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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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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