Possible Remedies on Brazos County Property Taxes

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Possible Remedies on Brazos County Property Taxes

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Property taxes are determined by a percentage of your property value. Majority of people pay their Brazos County property taxes annually without having a second thought as to how the amount due was decided. And most people pay it through their mortgage company in their monthly mortgage payments.  Your property value is decided through the local tax assessor’s office so GET INVOLVED!

When you find yourself dissatisfied with the appraised value assigned to your property, you can make an appeal to your appraisal district regarding the remedies available to you. It is the task of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to publish an explanation of the remedies available to taxpayers and procedures that must be followed in seeking remedial action. The Comptroller should also include guidance on preparing and presenting a protest.

Futhermore, the legislature furnishes copies of this document and are made readily available to taxpayers free of charge. The chief appraiser of an appraisal district may give a copy of the Notice of Appraised Value mailed to property owners explaining the time and procedures used in protesting the value of their property. The chief appraiser must provide another copy to property owners that initiate protests.

In the event that the appraisal district appraises your property at a higher amount in comparison to the prior year, state law requires the appraisal district to send a notice by May 1, or by April 1 if your property is a residential homestead. The notice of protest is  said to be sufficient if this identifies (1) the protesting individual claiming an ownership interest in the property, (2) the property that is the subject of the protest, and (3) dissatisfaction with the decision of the appraisal district.

The value of your property could be protested in accordance with the following:

• your property is unequally appraised;

• the appraisal district placed a value that is too high value on your property;

• the appraisal district denied a special appraisal, for instance, open-space land, or your exemption application was incorrectly denied;

• the required notice was not presented to you by the appraisal district

In the event that the appraiser does not reduce your taxes to what you feel is fair, you can make an appeal regarding the decision to the next level. It’s very important, however, that you preserve your right to protest to the ARB by filing your Notice of Protest before the deadline, even though you expect to resolve your concerns at the informal meeting with the appraisal district. The ARB is an independent, impartial group of citizens authorized to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district. Although, in most counties, the ARB is appointed by the appraisal district board of directors, it is not controlled by the appraisal district.

You should file your Notice of Protest with the ARB no later than 30 days after the appraisal district mailed the Notice of Appraised Value. You may request an evening or weekend hearing, depending on your preference. The ARB will notify you at least 15 days in advance of the date, time, and place of your hearing.

Bringing a protest before the ARB is often a formal process. Start and end dates vary depending on the  appraisal district. At least 14 days before your protest hearing, the appraisal district will mail a copy of this pamphlet, a copy of the ARB procedures, and a statement that you might inspect and obtain a copy of the data, schedules, formulas, and any other information the chief appraiser plans to introduce upon your hearing.

Susan Hilton

Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

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