Nobody wants to overpay on their property taxes. To avoid paying more than your fair share as a homeowner in Tarrant County, it's essential for you to understand the Texas property tax protest process. By filing a successful protest, you can secure a lower property tax bill for years to come.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about protesting your property taxes in Tarrant County.
Property taxes in Texas are calculated based on the appraised value of your home, which is determined by the county Appraisal District. While this assessment value is supposed to be equal to the market value of your property (the price it would sell for on the open market), appraisal districts often over-value houses due to mass assessment techniques that fail to account for the individual qualities of your home.
Fortunately, Texas law allows you to file a property tax protest when you believe that the appraised value of your property is too high. Once you file a protest, a hearing will be scheduled in front of your local Appraisal Review Board (ARB), and you will have an opportunity to present evidence as to why your home’s appraised value should be lowered. If the board agrees with you, the assessed value will be lowered, and your property taxes will go down accordingly.
To challenge your property taxes in Tarrant County, you will need to file a protest with the Tarrant Appraisal Review Board.
You can do this by submitting a paper copy of a Notice of Protest form via certified mail or another method of delivery that will allow you to confirm that the ARB has received your protest. The ARB does not accept Notice of Protest forms that are submitted via fax or email.
However, the easiest and quickest method is to protest your home’s assessment value to file online using the Tarrant Appraisal District (TAD)’s website. To do this, you will need to create an account and add your home to your profile using the account number and PIN listed on the Property Value Notice you received from the TAD.
No matter how you file your protest, it must be submitted by May 16 or the deadline printed on the Property Value Notice, whichever is later.
If you disagree with the appraised value of your property, as determined by the Tarrant Appraisal District, you have the right to protest that value. As discussed above, the first step is to file a notice of protest with the Tarrant Appraisal Review Board (TARB).
Once your protest is processed, the TARB will send you a Notice of Protest Hearing that provides the time and date of your hearing. At the hearing, you and the appraisal district will each have about 5 minutes to present evidence and make arguments to three members of the TARB. You will also have the opportunity to rebut the appraisal district's evidence and make a closing statement summarizing your position.
The ARB will then determine a new appraisal value for your home based on the evidence presented. This new value will be used to calculate your property taxes for the year.
Even once you understand the Tarrant County property tax protest process, it can be confusing and difficult to navigate. Fortunately, the experts at Watchtower Protest are here to help. Texas law allows you to be represented by a professional throughout the protest process. This means that we can file your protest, gather evidence, and make arguments at the hearing on your behalf.
Our services are risk-free, so you have nothing to lose by letting us handle your property tax protest. In fact, you won’t have to pay us at all unless we get your property taxes reduced. Sign up for our services today and see how much we can save you on your property taxes.
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