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April 4, 2012

Combs Reminds Businesses of April 16 Deadline for Filing Property Tax Renditions

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today reminded business owners that April 16 is the deadline to file property tax renditions with their county appraisal districts. To render is to list the taxable inventory, furniture and fixtures, machinery and equipment and other property a business owned or managed as of Jan. 1. The appraisal district may use the information to set property values.

“Rendition helps the appraisal district appraise property fairly and accurately,” Combs said. “If some businesses are not paying their share of property tax, it places a greater tax burden on other business owners and homeowners.”

Rendering allows property owners to record their opinion of their property’s value and ensures that the appraisal district sends them a notice before changing a value on their property. Owners do not have to render exempt property, such as church property or a farmer’s equipment used for farming.

If more than one appraisal district appraises a property, the property owner should render in each appraisal district office.

Combs also reminds owners whose property was damaged by a storm, flood or fire last year that they may file a special decreased value report that could lower their final tax bills for this year. Property owners have until April 16 to file the decreased value report, which indicates their property’s condition on Jan. 1, 2012.

Rendition forms and decreased value report forms are available from county appraisal district offices statewide or they can be downloaded on the Comptroller’s website at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxforms/02-forms.html.

For more information about rendering property, deadline extensions, penalties and rendition forms, taxpayers may contact the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division at 1-800-252-9121 and press “2” to access the menu and then press “1” to contact the Information Services Team or visit the Comptroller’s website at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/.

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