Property owners who disagree with their County Appraisal District’s appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that adversely affects them may protest their property value to the appraisal district’s Appraisal Review Board (ARB). The ARB will normally begin hearing taxpayer protests in May, but this date varies by county. Please check with your County Appraisal District for their start date.
After the ARB completes its hearings and approves final property tax appraisals, local governments will use these appraisals to set 2012 property tax rates.
Property Tax Help - What Can You Protest?
The ARB is a group of citizens who live in the appraisal district and are appointed by the appraisal district’s board of directors, except in Harris and Fort Bend Counties where a local administrative judge makes the appointments. Property owners may protest any of the following issues to the ARB:
- the appraised or market value of the property;
- unequal appraisal of the taxpayer’s property compared to similar property in the
- inclusion of the property on the appraisal records;
- denial of a partial exemption, such as a homestead exemption;
- denial of special appraisals, such as agricultural or timber productivity appraisal;
- determination that agricultural or timber land has had a change of use and is subject to a rollback tax;
- identification of the taxing unit or units in which the property is located;
- determination that the taxpayer is the owner of the property; or
- any other action of the appraisal office that adversely affects the owner.
A property owner must file a written notice of protest before May 31, 2012 or within 30 days after the appraisal district mails the taxpayer a notice of appraised value, whichever is later. The ARB schedules a hearing and sends the protesting property owner written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing. The law contains specific timelines and procedures for both the owner and the ARB throughout the appraisal protest process. These are detailed in the state Comptroller’s publication, Property Taxpayer Remedies. Click here to download.