If you own property in Texas by now you should have received your “2017 Notice of Appraised Value.” This is the notice that local county appraisal districts send out to notify you of the property value used to determine your property taxes. When you get your tax statement in October the amount you will pay will be based on the appraised value.
Make sure you read your Notice of Appraised Value to see if you disagree with the new appraisal. This is also a good time to check to see if you are getting the benefit of the exemptions you are entitled to , such as over-65 , the homestead exemption, or Disabled Person exemption. This is also a good time to make sure that your actual interest in the property is correct. A “1” under the column that reads “Und. Int” means that you own the property 100 percent. If for some reason you own less than 100% you might want to contact the appraisal people. If you own land that has certain agricultural or timber exemptions that helps to lower taxes this is a good time to check all this.
If you disagree with the appraisal your Notice of Appraisal Value will explain how you can protest your appraisal. You can either call the appraisal district and discuss your objections or you can file a formal “Notice of Protest” and get a hearing. Make sure you file your Notice of Protest by the deadline included. Do not overlook this deadline or you will have trouble getting the appraisal district to hear your objections. Your 2017 Notice of Appraised Value may contain a “Notice of Protest” form for you to fill out and return.
Your Notice of Appraised Values explains what exactly you can protest. You can protest the that the value that the appraisal district put on your property is too high, that your property is unequally appraised compared to other similar property; that the appraisal district denied a certain exemption, or other objections that you may have. Read your Notice of Apprised Value carefully and prepare yourself if you decide to file a protest. Speak now or forever hold your peace if you have any objections whatsoever.
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