Travis Central Appraisal District’s property tax protest deadline is May 15 or 30 days after the appraisal district mails the notice of 2020 assessed value.  The protest deadline is the same whether you are protesting or hiring a property tax consultant to protest for you.  The protest is your opportunity to review and correct the computer-generated estimate of value from Travis Central Appraisal District.

2020 notices of assessed value are available on Travis Central Appraisal District’s website on April 25, 2020.  Travis County property owners are strongly encouraged to file a protest NOW or at least prior to the May 15th protest deadline.  It is not clear when Travis Central Appraisal District plans to mail notices of assessed value.  However, if they do not send you a notice, or it gets lost in the mail, you lose your right to appeal unless you have filed a protest by May 15th.  No exceptions; Covid-19 or not.

Property tax protests by May 15th are relevant for all types of property: residential, commercial and business personal property.

Your best option in Travis County is to protest each year, for each property, prior to May 15th.  If the Travis Central Appraisal District does not send a notice of assessed value to you, the deadline is May 15th.  Do not wait to receive a notice of assessed value from Travis Central Appraisal District; you lose your rights to protest if you delay and the appraisal district does not send a notice of assessed value.

FREE Travis Central Appraisal District Hearing Evidence Package: this valuable package has extensive information on your property and includes any information the appraisal district may use at the property tax protest hearing.  YOU MUST FILE A PROPERTY TAX PROTEST TO OBTAIN THE FREE HEARING EVIDENCE PACKAGE.

The Hearing Evidence Package routinely includes information supporting a reduction in your property taxes, and it is FREE.  That is correct; the invaluable Hearing Evidence Package is FREE upon request, subject to two requirements: 1) you must timely file a protest and 2) you must ask the Travis Central Appraisal District to provide it to you.

How to File a Travis County Protest

File a protest based on: 1) value over market value (41.41 a1), 2) unequal appraisal (41.41 a2) and 3) any other actions of the appraisal district or appraisal review board that apply to and negatively affect the property owner (41.41 a9).  Also include a copy of your request for the FREE Hearing Evidence Package with your request.  At a minimum, protest market value and unequal appraisal and request the free hearing evidence package by May 15th.

The protest must be mailed by May 15th to be timely or filed on the appraisal district’s website by May 15th.  Travis Central Appraisal District’s mailing address is: 8314 Cross Park Drive, Austin, Texas, 78754.

Why Protest Annually?

The linked page contains over 20 reasons for Travis County owners to protest annually, starting with:

 It is Your Money.

Appealing property taxes annually is one of the responsibilities of property owners.  Like an untended garden, property taxes grow out of control if not reviewed and maintained.  An annual property tax appeal is like lawn care, annual HVAC check, cleaning the gutters or changing the oil in your car.  You can neglect these tasks, but the total cost will be higher if you do.

Travis Central Appraisal District generates market values for hundreds of thousands of properties.  These computer-generated estimates of value are the basis for assessing property taxes for the county, city, school districts and other tax entities.

See how much tax revenue Travis Central Appraisal District supported.

Additional information on Travis Central Appraisal District

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