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Appraisal District Public Information Packet 2014

The Comptroller's Appraisal District Public Information Packet for 2014 is now available. This packet includes news releases, articles and radio public service announcements (PSAs) that can be used by your local newspaper, radio or TV station.

It also includes an optional press release combining all the press releases into one, in addition to providing the individual releases. The combined press release is titled Updated Property Tax Information Now Available for Texas Taxpayers.

Tax Code Section 41.70 requires the publication of a notice of protest and appeals procedures in a newspaper having general circulation in the county. The notice may not be smaller than one-quarter page of a standard-size or tabloid-size newspaper and may not be published in the part of the paper in which legal notices and classified advertisements appear. The Comptroller's office is required to adopt minimum standards for the form and content of the notice. Comptroller Rule 9.3064 requires the headline of the published notice be in 18-point type or larger and the body copy be in 10-point type or larger. This notice is Comptroller Form 50-195 Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures and is also available in Spanish.

The following are draft releases of information for use by local newspapers.

Title of Sample Newspaper Releases or ArticlesTax Code Sections
Property Taxpayer Remedies Available5.06
Homestead Exemptions11.44
Disabled Veterans Exemptions11.44
Non-Profits, Some Business Exemptions11.44
Agricultural Use — Productivity Appraisal23.43, 23.54, 23.75, 23.9804
Deferral of Taxes on Appreciating Residence Homesteads33.065
Deferral of Taxes by Elderly & Disabled Homeowners33.06
Renditions22.21
Notice of Availability of Electronic Communication1.085
Property Owner Protest Hearings41.41
Appraisal Notices for Tax Year 201425.19
Updated Property Tax Information Now Available For Texas TaxpayersAll Sections

The following are radio public service announcements (PSAs):
Property Taxpayer Remedies Available - Audio or Text
Homestead Exemptions - Audio or Text
Agricultural Use — Productivity Appraisal - Audio or Text
Renditions - Audio or Text

The following PSAs may be used by the print media.

FormTitle of PSA
98-465Remedies
98-465SRemedies (Spanish version)
98-466Rendering Property
98-466SRendering Property (Spanish version)
98-467Homestead Exemptions
98-467SHomestead Exemptions (Spanish version)
98-468Productivity Appraisal
98-468SProductivity Appraisal (Spanish version)

Please feel free to modify the materials to fit local needs.

The Comptroller's office is required by Tax Code Section 22.21 to publicize in a manner reasonably designed to notify all property owners the requirements of the rendition law. We will send our statewide news release to the media.

The two-page Property Taxpayer Remedies required by Tax Code Section 5.06 informs taxpayers about how to protest their property value. Appraisal districts may include this two-sided page with notices of appraised value under Tax Code Section 25.19(i), or they may include a copy of the newspaper notice that the chief appraiser must publish under Tax Code Section 41.70 with the notices of appraised value. The pamphlet must be used to comply with Tax Code Section 41.461.

If you have any questions about this packet, please e-mail us at ptad.cpa@cpa.state.tx.us.

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