The 12 Rights of Property Taxpayers

Published by Research Editor on July 28th, 2011 - in Protest, Taxes, The Basics

 

As a property taxpayer, you have a dozen rights to protect you.

Uniform Taxation

You have the right to equal and uniform taxation.
You do not have to pay more than your fair share of taxes.

Uniform Appraisal

You have the right to ensure that your property is appraised uniformly with similar property in your county.
Your property taxes cannot be significantly higher than a similar property.

Appraisal Techniques

You have the right to have your property appraised according to generally accepted appraisal techniques and other requirements of law.
Accepted appraisal techniques include market value (most common), mass appraisal, cost approach, and income approach.

Exemptions

You have the right to receive exemptions or other tax relief for which you qualify and apply timely.
Exemptions, like a homestead exemption, 65 or older/disabled exemption, veteran’s exemption, or charitable organization exemption, lower–or eliminate–your property taxes.

Notice

You have the right to notice of property value increases, exemption changes and estimated tax amounts.
By the end of May, you will get a notice if the value of your property is higher than last year, if the value is higher than your rendition, or if your property wasn’t on the records last year.

Inspect Appraisal Information

You have the right to inspect non-confidential information used to appraise your property.

Protest

You have the right to protest your property’s value and other appraisal matters to an appraisal review board composed of an impartial group of citizens in your community.

Appeal

You have the right to appeal the appraisal review board’s decision to district court in the county where the property is located.

Fair Treatment

You have the right to fair treatment by the appraisal district, the appraisal review board and the tax assessor-collector.

Voice

You have the right to voice your opinions at open public meetings about proposed tax rates and to ask questions of the governing body responsible for setting tax rates.

Petition

You have the right to petition a local government to call an election to limit a tax increase in certain circumstances.

Free Pamphlet

You have the right to receive a free copy of the pamphlet entitled Property Taxpayer Remedies published by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

You can access this pamphlet online.

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