This year, Texas property owners are receiving abnormally high valuations from county appraisal districts across the state. According to the Texas Comptroller’s office, property owners who are dissatisfied with their appraisal value have the right to file protest. For anyone unfamiliar with the process, O’Connor, an expert in property tax consulting and appraisal services, has outlined step-by-step instructions for protesting property taxes.
- To file a protest, call or check online with your appraisal district to determine the deadline. The deadline for most property owners in Texas is May 15.
- Protest both market value and unequal appraisal.
- Request the appraisal district to provide copy of hearing evidence by U.S Mail, or it may be available online.
- Property owners must file protest to obtain appraisal district hearing evidence on market value and unequal appraisal.
- Requesting appraisal district hearing evidence often provides evidence of a reduction and also limits what the appraisal district can present at the hearing (only what hearing evidence provided to owner / agent 14 days prior to the hearing.)
- Prepare for informal hearings:
- Obtain hearing evidence.
- Review the County Appraisal District’s (CAD) description of house versus actual. Does the CAD overstate the quality or quantity of improvements?
- Do comparable sales (from hearing evidence package support a reduction. Some appraisal districts provide all neighborhood sales and others provide ~five selected sales.
- Prepare an analysis based on unequal appraisal.
O’Connor is among the largest property tax consulting firms in the United States, providing residential property tax reduction services in Texas, Illinois, and Georgia, as well as commercial property tax reduction services across the United States. O’Connor’s team of professionals possess the resources and market expertise in the areas of property tax, cost segregation, commercial and residential real estate appraisals. The firm was founded in 1974 and employs more than 600 professionals worldwide. O’Connor’s core focus is enriching the lives of property owners through cost effective tax reduction.
Property owners interested in assistance appealing their assessment can enroll in O’Connor’s Property Tax Protection Program ™ . There is no upfront fee, or any fee unless we reduce your property taxes, and easy online enrollment only takes 2 to 3 minutes.
For more information visit https://www.poconnor.com or call 713-290-9700.