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Travis County Appraisal District Has No Sales Data for Houses?

Travis County Appraisal District (TCAD) announced they are not able to value houses in Austin for 2020 due to not having comparable sales data.  Travis County Appraisal District simply used the same value as 2019 for tax year 2020.

It is unclear what evidence TCAD will present at the Travis County Appraisal Review Board hearings this summer.  TCAD expects phone hearings to start in June.  Taxpayers can request the appraisal district’s hearing evidence package.  The appraisal district must provide their evidence (Tax Code 41.461) two weeks prior to the hearing.

Travis County Appraisal District cannot legally use any evidence not provided 14 days prior to the Travis County Appraisal Review Board hearing.  If TCAD does not have sales data, how are they going to provide the Texas mandated Hearing Evidence Package?  What information will TCAD present at the Travis County Appraisal Review Board if they do not have comparable sales?  Will they simply allow property owners to prevail?

Or does Travis County Appraisal District have more single family sales evidence than they report?

TCAD may be avoiding revaluing residential to address the issue of sales disclosures with the legislation.  Sales prices are currently private in Texas.

Travis County Appraisal District (TCAD) announced they will send 144,802 notices of changed value.  Except for new construction, none of these are residential.  TCAD said they were not able to value residential property in Travis County.  Travis County was able to value commercial properties, and most of the increases are for commercial accounts.

TCAD may be avoiding revaluing residential to address the issue of sales disclosures with the legislation.  Sales prices are currently private in Texas.

The deadline to file a property tax protest for Travis County is May 15th.

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File your protest by May 15 to obtain your free copy of the Travis County Appraisal District Hearing Evidence Package.  Texas law requires the appraisal district provide the hearing evidence package at no cost if you file a protest. Protest by May 15th and request the TCAD Hearing Evidence Package.  It is free.  You can ask them to send it to you by U.S. Mail at their cost.

You must file your property tax protest by May 15 to obtain the Travis County Appraisal District Hearing Evidence Package, FREE, mailed to you if preferred.

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Patrick O’Connor, MAI, Owner and President
Patrick O’Connor has been active in reducing property taxes, providing expert witness testimony and appraising commercial real estate property since 1983. Pat is active in publishing analyses and data with respect to the real estate market, while being a highly regarded media spokesperson for the real estate community. He holds a MAI, the highest achievable designation from the Appraisal Institute, and is a licensed senior property tax consultant. Pat earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In 2001, he authored the first definitive consumer guide to Texas property taxes, Cut Your Texas Property Taxes.

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