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Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about the Texas property tax protest process

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Everything you need to know about the Texas property tax protest process

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What is a Texas property tax protest?

A.A protest is your right as a residential homeowner to ensure you are paying a fair amount of property taxes. The protest is the process of formal review of your proposed market value to determine what your current year taxes should be.

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Why should I protest my property taxes?

A.To save money. Consistently protesting your proposed value can save you thousands in taxes over the long run by minimizing your assessed value.

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How much does it cost?

A.We do not charge until your protest is successful. No upfront fees. We charge 1% of your assessed value reduction after a successful protest. If your value is not reduced, our services are free.

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What information is needed to protest?

A.Everything we need from you is on our sign up page. Just answer a few simple questions and provide your property information, and you are all set.

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How much can I save on my property tax bill?

A.Potentially thousands. While each protest is unique, protesting your value is the only way to reduce your Texas property taxes.

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What is Watchtower Protest?

A.Watchtower Protest is a tax consultant company that fights to reduce residential property taxes by handling the protest process from start to finish.

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When are property taxes due?

A.January 31st of the current calendar year

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Can I protest myself?

A.In our experience, working with an agent improves your chances of a successful protest. We have seen clients protest themselves and actually increase their property taxes as a result. Working with a qualified agent is key to navigating the process correctly to prevent further tax increases.

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How do exemptions impact my protest?

A.Exemptions do not impact your ability to file a protest in Texas. Instead, exemptions help limit your tax liability by establishing caps or reducing  your appraised value

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How often should I protest my taxes?

A.Every year. The compounding effect of tax savings add up year over year, and filing a protest is free.

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How long does the protest process take?

A.Usually, the protest process takes 6-12 weeks from the filing deadline in your county, however this timeline could change depending on a variety of factors.

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How can I reduce my Texas property taxes?

A.Filing a protest is the best way to minimize your tax increases year to year.

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What is the difference between market and assessed values on my home?

A.Market value is the value of your home in the current market. The assessed value is the amount you will pay taxes on.

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