Appointing an Agent
You may represent yourself in any property tax matter. You also may appoint a representative —commonly called an “agent”—to handle specific duties. You don’t need an agent to file for exemptions on your home; just obtain an application form from your appraisal district.
To appoint an agent, you must provide that person with written authorization to represent you. You must use a special “Appointment of Agent” form (Form No. 50-162), available from the appraisal district or the Comptroller’s office. No form is necessary, however, if the person is your attorney, mortgage lender, employee or a person acting only as a courier.
The agent may represent you in one or more areas that you designate on the form: to file notices of protest, appear before the ARB, negotiate on any valuation disputes, receive notices or tax bills or handle any other specific action. The agent also may represent you for general tax purposes such as paying your property taxes.
The Appointment of Agent form asks you to cite a date upon which your authorization for this person will end. If you don’t provide an ending date, the agent will continue to represent you until you file a statement ending the appointment or appoint a new agent.