PROTESTING YOUR PROPERTY TAXES

By now, you have received your Property Value Notices. These notices assess the current value of real and personal property, and show an estimate of taxes you must pay based on previous tax rates set by your city, county, and school district.

If You Aren’t Satisfied with the Value:

Did you know that if you are not satisfied with the appraised value of your property appraisal or if there are errors, you may file a Notice of Protest with the appraisal review board (ARB)?

How to Protest: 

You may do this on-line or by filling out the paper mailed with your assessment. Details are included in your packet.

Reasons to Protest:

When completing the form, pay close attention to the “reason for protest” section. What you designate as the reason for the protest influences what evidence you must present at the ARB hearing, as well as any appeals.

What if you just Purchased the Property, and the Assessment is Higher than the Price You Paid?

Attach your settlement statement to your protest form.

Protest Deadline:

May 31, 2017 is your deadline to protest.  Hint:  As given to Habitat Hunters from the Appraisal District, the best results are derived from protesting closer to the end of the deadline, rather than the beginning.  This gives the Appraisal District time to gather all neighboring prior protest data to hopefully give you better results.

The Good News! Habitat Hunters Can Help.

Habitat Hunters, Inc., offers free market data to our clients who have purchased homes through us. If you haven’t purchased a home through Habitat Hunters, we can still provide you with this data for a flat fee. This particular information can help you determine whether or not you should protest the property tax and the approach you should take. Contact Habitat Hunters at www.habitathunters.com or 512-482-8656 to help you identify and guide you through the home buying process.

When buying, selling or leasing, residential or commercial property we’re the ones to contact. Habitat Hunters is one of Austin’s oldest, locally-owned, independent real estate companies. Experience, Knowledge, Passion, Since 1972.

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