How to Protest Property Taxes

Real Estate

It’s tax season, which means many of you have started to receive your property tax statements in the mail. Were you shocked when you opened the envelope? If you feel that your property taxes are higher than they should be, then maybe you should consider protesting them.

Two Reasons Why You Might Protest

- Appraisers are guessing at the value of your home, the land and what it would sell for. Since sold prices are not public information in the state of Texas, the data isn’t accurate.
- There is a 10 percent cap on the annual increase of your home’s taxable appraised value for those with a homestead exemption.

How to Protest

1. The first thing you’ll need to do is prove your home value is lower than what the appraiser said. This can be done a few different ways. The easiest way would be to reach out to me to run a CMA of the neighborhood. You can also log onto the appraisal district’s website and see what they appraised surrounding homes in the area at, or you can take photos of your home. Photos should consist of damaged roofs, foundation issues, plumbing problems etc.
2. You’ll need to fill out the form that you received with the property taxes. You can also find the form by clicking here or checking your local County Appraisal Districts website.
3. The form will need to be postmarked by May 15, 2018. This is about two weeks earlier than years past.

Tips & Things to Remember  

- Focus on the on the condition of the property that could affect the value, not cosmetic issues.
- Get quotes from contractors on how costly the repairs would be.
- Home and land values should increase over time. Don’t protest just because you feel the rate is too high. Look at the percentage increase. If you feel that the tax rate is too high, considering engaging with your local officials.

If you are considering protesting your property taxes and you have questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll do my best to answer any concerns you may have or get you in contact with the correct people.