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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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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…

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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…

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Texas School Funding and the Competing Property Tax Relief

Texas school funding is one of the major causes of concern at the present. A state commission has already been created, which is tasked to come up with suggestions about how public…

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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…

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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…

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Texas Assessments Might Be Low, but the Margin Tax Still Dominates

According to many economists, how a government imposes taxes is just as important as how much it collects.  This is true with the Margin Tax in place. Where Does Texas Rank? The…

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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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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…

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What is a Substantial Error and How Do I Qualify?

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Chances are many owners have not heard of a substantial error appeal before. If the property has a substantial error, then the tax code supports owners to file a late appeal.  Instead…

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Unequal Appraisal? You Can Use Comparable Sales to Help!

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While all property owners agree that property taxes are too high, owners become particularly incensed when property taxes are assessed unfairly. Owners don’t mind paying their fair share, but it is unacceptable…

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5 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Property Taxes

As promised, here is my video on the 5 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Property Taxes To The Lowest Possible Level OKAY, I’ll give you them to you here: Snap…

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The Great Property Tax Heist of 2018!

The Great Property Tax Heist of 2018 will net over $2 billion from Texas property owners. And even though laws are being ignored, no one will go to jail.  How can this…

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Texas Property Tax Deadline Changes in 2018

Attention Texas Property Owners! For the first time in almost 40 years, the deadline in Texas to render personal property and to file an appeal has CHANGED with little notice to taxpayers….

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Tax Overhaul Could Result in Unhappy Homeowners and May Build Credit Risk in High Tax Zones

Congressional tax overhaul could considerably reduce the home values in high tax states and create credit risks for local governments. According to S&P Global ratings, proposals to wipe out state and local…

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Why Texans pay the highest property taxes

The Texas-German Autohaus business has experienced a downturn for the past three years along with the fall of oil prices, but their taxes are at an all time high.  It isn’t because…

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Make your voice heard at the special legislative session! Here are the property tax issues:

The special legislative session began on July 18, 2017 and will conclude in 30 days. Property tax reform is not a new concept and many Texans are calling for anywhere from slight…

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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…

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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…

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