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Sample House Bill 201 Letter

May 15, 2018 is the new deadline to file your property tax protest in Texas.

Be sure to protest on both market value and unequal appraisal. And include a request for your evidence package when filing your protest!

You will find below a template for you to use to request the evidence your appraisal district has on your property. The appraisal district must provide the evidence to you 14 days prior to your hearing. This is the law. And often times, their evidence supports a reduction.

Mr. Chief Appraiser
Harris County Appraisal District
13013 Northwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77040

Re: House Bill 201 request for property at 2345 Main Street (account # 1234567890010)

Dear Sir:

Pursuant to section 41.461 of the Texas Property Tax Code, please provide a copy of the data, schedules, formulas and all other information the chief appraiser plans to introduce at the hearing to establish any matter at issue.

It is my understanding that information, “not made available to the protesting party at least 14 days before the scheduled or postponed hearing may not be used as evidence in the hearing,” according to 41.67d of the Texas Property Tax Code.

Please notify me when a copy of the above-referenced information is available.

Able Property Owner

So remember all three things:

  1. Protest annually (because you cannot get the appraisal district’s evidence unless you file a protest)
  2. On the Form to File a Protest, be sure to check the boxes for both market value and unequal appraisal, and
  3. Request the appraisal district’s evidence package when you file your protest annually!