Property Tax Protest
Texas Property Tax Protest
The State of Texas is divided in Tax Appraisal Districts that administer the property taxes for the jurisdictions such as cities and school districts. These taxes fund local government programs and projects. Each tax district acts independently under the state laws of Texas. Particularly, the laws and codes that control the valuation and assessment of property taxes.
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Each year Tax Appraisal Districts adjust property valuations to reflect the anticipated change in the market value of each property under its jurisdiction. These adjustments are not made on case or property specific basis but are done through averages or calculated increases. The State of Texas reserves the right of each property owner to protest the actions taken by the Tax Appraisal District against their properties.
We assist you in your protest of the valuation of your property by your Tax Appraisal District.
The appraised value of your property by the Tax District does not affect the actual value of your property; it only represents the value you will be taxed for. In some cases, the market value of your property can be used to demonstrate an incorrect appraisal. The state of Texas also controls the amount that your property appraisal can be raised.
Texas Property Tax Protest Process
To properly file a protest with your District, we gather information about the property that will show the true value compared to the appraised value. The information is then used to prepare and present to the Tax Appraisal Review Board (TARB) the believed value of the property and why they should revise their appraisal.
For most Tax Appraisal Districts, a review board will meet to consider the appraisal and the protest. They can decide to keep the appraisal value, grant the protest value, or schedule a hearing to further hear arguments from the property owner about the appraisal and the protest.
The hearing is commonly conducted in person although since COVID-19 many districts have virtual hearings as well. At the hearing a decision can be reached or it could be tabled for further consideration. All decisions will be communicated through written means.
Why choose us to process your Property Tax Protest
We have the experience to guide you through the process in multiple counties. We are local and understand the dynamic environment in the Texas real estate market. This positions us to better understand your situation and present it to the Tax Appraisal Review Board.
Cost to get started
We operate on a fixed rate fee so that the savings from the reduced tax burden remain with you. We prefer to be upfront and transparent with our costs.