Property Tax Protest
Understanding the Texas Protest Process
The State of Texas is divided into Tax Appraisal Districts. The districts administer the property taxes for jurisdictions, such as cities and school districts. Property taxes are used to fund local government programs and projects. Under the State Laws of Texas each tax district acts independently. Particularly, the laws and codes that control the valuation and assessment of property taxes.
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The Tax Appraisal Districts adjust the property valuations each year. This is done in order to reflect the anticipated change in the market value of each property under its jurisdiction. Property valuation adjustments are done through averages or calculated increases. They are not made on a case for property specific basis. The State of Texas reserves the right of each property owner to protest the actions taken by the Tax Appraisal District against their properties.
The appraised value of your property, by the Tax District, does not affect the actual value of your property. The appraisal value only represents the value by which you will be taxed.
In some cases, the market value of your property can be used to demonstrate an incorrect appraisal. The State of Texas controls the amount the Tax District can raise your property appraisal.
We assist you in your protest of the evaluation of your property tax by your Tax Appraisal District.
Understanding the Process after Filing the Tax Protest
To properly file a protest with your District, we will gather information about the property. This is for the purpose of showing the true value compared to the appraised value. The information will then be used to prepare what we believe to be the true value of the property. Then the information is presented to the Tax Appraisal Review Board (TARB) as to why they should revise their appraisal.
Most Tax Appraisal Districts, have a review board that will meet to consider the appraisal and protest. They can decide to keep the appraisal value and grant the protest value. Or they can schedule a hearing to further hear arguments from the property owner concerning 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 are local and understand the dynamic environment of the Texas real estate market. Couple this with our experience to guide you through the process in multiple counties, we are in a position to better understand your situation and present it to the Tax Appraisal Review Board.
3 Steps to Begin
- Fill out the protest form which will require personal information. We will also need information from your Tax Appraisal letter.
- After filling out the form and we have received your payment, you will receive a confirmation email. Then one of our tax specialist will contact you to discuss your protest.
- After speaking to one of our tax specialist who will make sure we have all the proper information, will file the protest with your district.
Being a law firm we also know the legal aspects of property tax. We pride ourselves in customer service.
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.