The Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019 or SB2 (Senate Bill 2), aimed at giving Texas property owners some much-needed “tax relief,” was recently passed. Among the amendments introduced are new fees, new tax increase limits, and changes to the process of property tax rate-setting.
SB2 also outlines how property tax owners can communicate with the Chief Appraiser, the appraisal district, or the appraisal review board in electronic format. This will make the process of filing a property tax appeal easier for Texas property owners.
Here’s what you need to know about property tax appeals and how to file one in electronic format.
Property tax appeals
If you don’t agree with the appraised value of your property or with any of the appraisal district’s decisions about it, you can file an appeal with the appraisal review board (ARB). All taxpayers have the right to do this.
This also applies to those leasing properties. If your lease contract requires you to pay the property taxes on behalf of the owner, you also have the right to appeal the appraised value of the property to the ARB. However, you can only file an appeal if the property owner has not already done so.
If you disagree with the appraisal review board’s decision, you also have the right their findings. You can file an appeal with an independent arbitrator, the state district court, or the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
How to file a property tax appeal in electronic format
According to the Texas Comptroller, if the appraisal district has appraised your property at a higher value than the previous year, the law requires them to send you a notice by May 1. If the property that was appraised is a residence homestead, the notice must be sent by April 1.
If you disagree with the appraised value or if there are errors in your property’s appraisal records, you can appeal by filing a Notice of Protest or Form 50-132 with the ARB. The deadline for filing a property tax appeal is midnight of May 15 or 30 days from the delivery date of the notice from the appraisal district, whichever is later.
It must be filed with the office of the appraisal district in the county where your property is located. The contact information for the appraisal district office in your county can be found on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website.
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