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Texas Property Tax Code Explained

Texas Property Tax Code Explained

Tips and Tricks of Reducing Texas Property Taxes with Appeals and Exemptions

Texas Property Tax Code has the insider information to minimize your property taxes. However, it is hundreds of pages long and the language is sometimes stilted. O’Connor has worked with the Tax Code for over 30 years and provides your insights and the back-story for many relevant provisions relating to property tax appeals, exemptions and much more.

Section 1.04 – Definitions

Section 1.06 – Impact of Weekend

Section 1.07a-d – Delivery of Notice

Section 1.08 – Timeliness of Action by Mail

Section 1.11 – Communications to Fiduciary

Section 1.111 – Representation of Property Owner

Section 5.03 – Powers and Duties Generally

Section 5.04 – Training and Education of Appraisers

Section 5.041 – Training of Appraisal Review Board Members

Section 5.042 – Required Training for Chief Appraiser

Section 5.05 – Publications

Section 5.06 – Explanation of Taxpayer Remedies

Section 5.10 – Ratio Studies

Section 5.102 – Review of Appraisal Standards

Section 5.14 – Public Access, Information and Complaints

Section 6.01 – Appraisal Districts Established

Section 6.025 – Overlapping Appraisal Districts; Joint Procedures

Section 6.03 – Board of Directors

Section 6.052 – Taxpayer Liaison Officer

Section 6.06 – Appraisal District Budget and Financing

Section 6.063 – Financial Audit

Section 6.41 – Appraisal Review Board

Section 6.42 – Organization, Meeting and Compensation

Section 6.43 – Personnel

Section 41.01 – Duties of the Appraisal Review Board

Sections 41.09, 41.10 and 41.11 – Clerical Errors (41.09), Correction of Records on Recommendation of the Chief Appraiser (41.10) and Notice to Property Owner of Change in Record (41.11)

Section 41.12 – Approval of Appraisal Records by Board

Section 41.41 – Right of Protest

Section 41.411 – Protest of Failure to Give Notice

Section 41.412 – Person Acquiring Property After January 1

Section 41.413 – Protest by Person Leasing Property

Section 41.42 – Protest of Sites

Section 41.43 – Protest of Determination of Value of Inequality of Appraisal

Section 41.44 – Notice of Protest

Section 41.45(a) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest

Section 41.45(b) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest

Section 41.45(d) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest

Section 41.45(e) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest (Rescheduling)

Section 41.45(f) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest – What if You Do Not Receive a Hearing?

Section 41.45(g) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest and Rescheduling

Section 41.45(h) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest – Sharing Information

Section 41.45(i) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest – Affidavit Requirements

Section 41.45(j) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest – Minimum Evidence for Affidavit Presented, Pursuant to 41.45(b)

Section 41.45 (k) & (l) – Hearing on Property Tax Protest – Standard Form Available for Affidavit but Optional

Section 41.46 – Notice of Property Tax Protest Hearing

Section 41.461 – Notice of Certain Matters Before Hearing

Section 41.47 – Determination of Property Tax Protest

Section 41.61 – Issuance of Subpoena

Section 41.66 – Property Tax Protest Hearing Procedures

Section 41.67 – Evidence for a Property Tax Protest

Section 41.68 – Recording of Hearing

Section 41.71 – Property Tax Protest Hearings on a Weekend or Evening

Section 41A.01 – Right of Appeal by Property Owner

Section 41A.02 – Notice of Right to Arbitration

Section 41A.03 – Request for Binding Arbitration

Section 41A.04 – Contents of Binding Request Form

Section 41A.05 – Processing of Binding Arbitration Request

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