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Section 1.085

COMMUNICATION IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision in this title and except as provided by this section, any notice, rendition, application form, or completed application, or information requested under Section 41.461(a)(2), that is required or permitted by this title to be delivered between a chief appraiser, an appraisal district, an appraisal review board, or any combination of those persons and a property owner or a person designated by a property owner under Section 1.111(f) may be delivered in an electronic format if the chief appraiser and the property owner or person designated by the owner agree under this section.

(b) An agreement between a chief appraiser and a property owner, or the person designated by the owner under Section 1.111(f), must:

(1) be in writing or in an electronic form;

(2) be signed by the chief appraiser;

(3) be signed by the property owner or person designated by the owner in a form acceptable to the chief appraiser; and

(4) specify:

(A) the medium of communication;

(B) the type of communication covered;

(C) the means for protecting the security of a communication;

(D) the means for confirming delivery of a communication; and

(E) the electronic mail address of the property owner or person designated by the property owner, as applicable.

(c) An agreement may address other matters.

(d) Unless otherwise provided by an agreement, the delivery of any information in an electronic format is effective on receipt by a chief appraiser, an appraisal district, an appraisal review board, a property owner, or a person designated by a property owner. An agreement entered into under this section remains in effect until rescinded in writing by the property owner or person designated by the owner.

(e) The comptroller by rule:

(1) shall prescribe acceptable media, formats, content, and methods for the electronic transmission of notices required by Section 25.19; and

(2) may prescribe acceptable media, formats, content, and methods for the electronic transmission of other notices, renditions, and applications.

(f) In an agreement entered into under this section, a chief appraiser may select the medium, format, content, and method to be used by the appraisal district from among those prescribed by the comptroller under Subsection (e). If the comptroller has not prescribed the media, format, content, and method applicable to the communication, the chief appraiser may determine the medium, format, content, and method to be used.

(g) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), if a property owner whose property is included in 25 or more accounts in the appraisal records of the appraisal district requests the chief appraiser to enter into an agreement for the delivery of the notice required by Section 25.19 in an electronic format, the chief appraiser must enter into an agreement under this section for that purpose if the appraisal district is located in a county that has a population of more than 200,000. If the chief appraiser must enter into an agreement under this subsection, the chief appraiser shall deliver the notice in accordance with an electronic medium, format, content, and method prescribed by the comptroller under Subsection (e). If the comptroller has not prescribed the media, format, content, and method applicable to the notice, the chief appraiser may determine the medium, format, content, and method to be used.

(h) This subsection applies to the chief appraiser of an appraisal district only if the appraisal district is located in a county described by Subsection (g) or the chief appraiser has decided to authorize electronic communication under this section and the appraisal district has implemented a system that allows such communication. The chief appraiser shall provide notice regarding the availability of agreement forms authorizing electronic communication under this section. The chief appraiser shall provide the notice by:

(1) publishing a notice in a newspaper having general circulation in the district at least once on or before February 1 of each year that includes the words “Notice of Availability of Electronic Communications”; or

(2) delivering the agreement form on or before February 1, or as soon as practicable after that date, to each owner of property shown on the certified appraisal roll for the preceding tax year and on or before February 1 of each subsequent year, or as soon as practicable after that date, to each new owner of property shown on the certified appraisal roll for the preceding tax year.

(i) A property owner or a person designated by the property owner who enters into an agreement under this section that has not been rescinded shall notify the appraisal district of a change in the electronic mail address specified in the agreement before the first April 1 that occurs following the change. If notification is not received by the appraisal district before that date, until notification is received, any notices delivered under the agreement to the property owner or person designated by the owner are considered to be timely delivered.

(j) An electronic signature that is included in any notice, rendition, application form, or completed application subject to an agreement under this section and that is required by Chapters 11, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 41 shall be considered to be a digital signature for purposes of Section 2054.060, Government Code, and that section applies to the electronic signature.

(k) Unless the chief appraiser is required to enter an agreement under this section, a decision by the chief appraiser not to enter into an agreement under this section may not be reviewed by the appraisal review board or be the subject of:

(1) a suit to compel;

(2) a protest under Section 41.41;

(3) an appeal under Chapter 42; or

(4) a complaint under Chapter 1151, Occupations Code.

(l) Unless the chief appraiser and the property owner or person designated by the owner agree otherwise under Subsection (b), the chief appraiser, appraisal district, or appraisal review board shall deliver a notice electronically in a manner that allows for confirmation of receipt by the property owner or the person designated by the owner, such as electronic mail. If confirmation of receipt is not received by the 30th day following the date the electronic notice is delivered, the chief appraiser, appraisal district, or appraisal review board, as applicable, shall deliver the notice to the property owner or the person designated by the owner in the manner provided by Section 1.07.

(m) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a property owner need not enter into an agreement under this section to be entitled to electronic delivery of a notice of a protest hearing under Section 41.46.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 441, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 984, Sec. 1; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1173, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 412 (S.B. 1652), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 412 (S.B. 1652), Sec. 18(1), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 831 (H.B. 3216), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 229 (H.B. 241), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 753 (H.B. 1060), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 944 (S.B. 2), Sec. 4, eff. January 1, 2020.

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