Property Tax Certain Matters 41.46
Property Tax Protest Evidence – Appraisal District Shall Notify Owner They Can Obtain Evidence FREE Upon Request.
Section 41.461 – Notice of Certain Matters Before Hearing
Property owners can obtain a copy of any evidence the appraisal district plans to present at the hearing 14 days prior. This right is powerful and used infrequently.
Obtaining your adversary’s evidence 14 days before the hearing gives ample time to study their evidence. It also limits what evidence they can present at the hearing. The appraisal district is not allowed to present any evidence at the hearing unless it was specifically identified and made available to the property owner/property tax consultant 14 days before the property tax hearing. Obtaining this evidence from the appraisal district often generates information that is helpful for the property owner at the hearing. This may include assessment comparables, sales comparables and an unequal appraisal analysis.
Unfortunately, the appraisal review board and appraisal district staffs in many counties do not understand this provision. For example, there are frequent violations of the section during hearings at Harris County Appraisal District, Dallas County Appraisal District, Tarrant County Appraisal District, Bexar County Appraisal District and Travis County Appraisal District.
A straightforward reading of 41.461 and 41.67(d) indicates the appraisal district may not present evidence not made available 14 days before the hearing. Property owners should request this information when they file the appeal and ask ARB members and the appraisal district staff not to present or allow evidence not made available 14 days before the hearing.
While the wording in 41.461(b) is cryptic, it means the appraisal district can only charge a nominal fee for copies (usually $.10 per page) for up to 50 copies.
Seeking property tax reduction is a basic right for all Texas property owners. Obtaining a copy of the appraisal district’s evidence two weeks before the hearing improves the likelihood of obtaining a property tax reduction. Owners should send a request for this information with their notice of protest to maximize the chance of a property tax cut.
Sec. 41.461. Notice of Certain Matters Before Hearing.
(a) At least 14 days before a hearing on a protest, the chief appraiser shall:
(1) deliver a copy of the pamphlet prepared by the comptroller under Section 5.06 to the property owner initiating the protest, or to an agent representing the owner if requested by the agent;
(2) inform the property owner that the owner or the agent of the owner is entitled on request to a copy of the data, schedules, formulas, and all other information the chief appraiser will introduce at the hearing to establish any matter at issue; and
(3) deliver a copy of the hearing procedures adopted by the appraisal review board under Section 41.01 to the property owner.
(b) The chief appraiser may not charge a property owner or the designated agent of the owner for copies provided to the owner or designated agent under this section, regardless of the manner in which the copies are prepared or delivered.
(c) A chief appraiser shall deliver the information requested by a property owner or the agent of the owner under Subsection (a)(2):
(1) by regular first-class mail, deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid, and addressed to the property owner or agent at the address provided in the request for the information;
(2) in an electronic format as provided by an agreement under Section 1.085; or
(3) subject to Subsection (d), by referring the property owner or the agent of the owner to a secure Internet website with user registration and authentication or to the exact Internet location or uniform resource locator (URL) address on an Internet website maintained by the appraisal district on which the requested information is identifiable and readily available.
(d) If a chief appraiser provides a property owner or the designated agent of the owner information under Subsection (c)(3), the notice must contain a statement in a conspicuous font that clearly indicates that the property owner or the agent of the owner may on request receive the information by regular first-class mail or in person at the appraisal office. On request by a property owner or the agent of the owner, the chief appraiser must provide the information by regular first-class mail or in person at the appraisal office.
Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 364, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 1031, Sec. 17, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(100), eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 944 (S.B. 2), Sec. 64, eff. January 1, 2020.
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 644 (H.B. 988), Sec. 18, eff. June 15, 2021.
Delivery of notice, see Sec. 1.07.
Protest of failure to deliver notice, see Sec. 41.411.
These codes affect property owners across the state, in both larger and smaller counties including:
- Harris County
- Bexar County
- Williamson County
- Denton County
- Montgomery County
- Fort Bend County
- Brazoria County
- Anderson County
- Andrews County
- Angelina County
- Austin County
- Bee County
- Bell County
- Brazos County
- Brown County
- Caldwell County
- Calhoun County
The Texas Property Tax Code applies to all property types in Texas including:
- Tennis club
- Skating rink
- Racket club
- Used car lot
- Truck stop
- Veterinary clinic
- Daycare center
- Department store
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