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May 24, 2013

Comptroller Susan Combs Reminds Taxpayers of Upcoming Deadlines to Protest Property Value Appraisals

(AUSTIN) — Comptroller Susan Combs is reminding homeowners and businesses about the deadline to protest property value appraisals.

Once you have received your appraisal notice in the mail, you must file a written notice of protest with your local appraisal review board (ARB) indicating you are dissatisfied with the appraisal before June 1 or 30 days after the notice was mailed, whichever is later.

“Property owners have the right to protest if they disagree with any appraisal district action on their property,” Combs said. “My office offers online resources to help taxpayers understand their rights under the law and work their way through the process.”

Many county appraisal districts (CADs) provide an informal meeting where taxpayers can sit down one on one with an appraiser and discuss the value of their property. A great majority of disputes are settled during this process. Even if you hope to resolve your concerns at the informal meeting with the CAD staff, you still must file your written notice of protest with the ARB by the deadline.

Here are examples of what you can protest:

  • Excessive value: if you believe the CAD's value on your property is too high.
  • Unequal appraisal: if you believe the CAD appraised your property at a higher proportion of its value than a representative sample of comparable properties.
  • Failure to grant exemptions: if the chief appraiser denied your exemption application.
  • Failure to provide notice: if the CAD failed to provide a notice that is required by law.

The Comptroller’s office has helpful videos on how to present your case at an Appraisal Review Board hearing. They can be found at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/remedy12/remedy12_6.html.

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