Archive for September, 2011

Tarrant County Property Taxes

Published by Research Editor on September 3rd, 2011 - in Local taxes, Tarrant

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Is your property in Tarrant County? The county’s two websites–Tarrant Appraisal District and Tarrant County–provide a wealth of information that you may find useful:

You can pay your Tarrant County property taxes online. However, there is a convenience fee charged by credit card companies.

Search for your property tax account. You can see your current property tax statement, pay your taxes online, and see the tax history for your property. My home, for example, started with $2,700 in property taxes and peaked in 2008 with $4,200 in property taxes.

Access forms and applications online, including exemption, notice of protest, and rendition forms.

The Tax Estimator Calculator lets you see how your Tarrant county property taxes would change if the value of your house changed, if your exemptions changed, or if you lived in a different city or school district.Payment options. All taxpayers in Tarrant county can choose to play half their taxes before December 1 and the other half by July 1. This is a good option if you are unable to pay the balance by January 31 but do not wish to get a property tax loan.

See the protest process for Tarrant County. While we have a general overview of the protest process on, each county has its specific processes.

Tarrant County tax rates for each taxing entity (cities, towns, school districts, college, hospital, and water districts).

Deed history cards. Instead of trekking to downtown Fort Worth to view deed history cards, you can view them online. These show property tax records, ownership, and property history prior to 1984.

Homestead Exemption Changes

Published by Research Editor on September 3rd, 2011 - in Taxes, The Basics
Starting September 1, 2011, the Texas Legislature has added identification requirements to your new homestead application.

When you apply for a homestead exemption, you now must submit documented evidence that you live in your home, namely: a copy of your driver’s license and vehicle registration receipt.

There are alternatives to each. If you don’t have a driver’s license, a state-issued personal identification certificate will do. If you don’t own a vehicle, you can submit a copy of a utility bill in your name for the property.

This new legislation is an effort to prevent illegal exemptions, which increase the tax burden on everyone else.

You will not get a homestead exemption if you do not submit the correct documentation.

If you already have a homestead application, nothing changes for you.

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3 reasons to get a property tax loan

Published by Research Editor on September 3rd, 2011 - in Loans, The Basics
1. Avoid hefty fines, foreclosure, and lawsuits.
See our previous article for more on these dire consequenses that begin the instant you are unable to pay your property taxes on time.

2. Save yourself from the stress of delinquency.
Stress, of course, can cause all sorts of health problems, which will only increase your stress. Eliminate the vicious cycle by getting a tax loan, taking a deep breath, then addressing the underlying causes.

3. Buy yourself some time.
Get your property taxes paid, then take a breath so you can rationally and calmly reassess your financial situation, without worrying about the penalties, fines, and fees that would otherwise be stacking up.

If delinquency is looming over you this year consider a property tax loan through a good lender.

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