In Texas there is no state income tax, making property taxes the primary financial resource for governmental entities. Therefore, it is important for the taxpayer to understand the nature of property taxes in Texas. According to Texas Constitution there are five basic rules regarding property taxes:
Levied by counties, cities and school districts, every local appraisal district has to put a value to each property in its appraisal area by using the “Mass Appraisal” method. This method means that appraisal districts don’t have the personnel to comb through all of their valuations every year to check for over-appraisals, leaving that responsibility to you – the taxpayer.
If the taxpayer disagrees with their property taxes and believe they are entitled to property tax relief, they are able to challenge their appraisal district for the following reasons:
Filing a protest in Texas must be done by May 31 of the current tax year, or 30 days after receiving their Notice of Appraised Value, whichever is later. Taxpayers first have the opportunity to seek property tax relief through an informal hearing with their appraisal district staff.
If there is no resolution, they are able to seek property tax help by presenting their assessment case to the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) once per year. If the ARB’s ruling is not acceptable to the taxpayer, they have the right to seek property tax relief from judicial review.
With Resolute, we will file the protest, and have the informal and formal hearing for you, so you don’t have to worry about it.
The Harris Central Appraisal District (HCAD) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas that is responsible for all Harris County property taxes. Established in 1980, the HCAD discovers and appraises property for property tax purposes for each property within the boundaries of the appraisal district. The Harris Central Appraisal District has more than 1.7 million parcels of property to assess each year with a total market value of approximately $556 billion. The Harris Central Appraisal District is the largest appraisal district in Texas, and one of the largest appraisal districts in the United States. The Harris Central Appraisal District serves approximately 500 taxing units, and handles approximately 300,000 protests per year.
Please feel free to contact us at any time regarding your property tax negotiation. We are happy to help you with all of your property tax needs.