Did you know that under the Texas Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights you have the right to protest your property value yearly?
About 1 in 5 taxpayers in Denton County (the numbers are even less in Tarrant and Dallas County) actually protest their property taxes, but with rates increasing drastically for many this year, it’s not a bad idea to give it a shot.
The deadline for a protest is coming up, so here are a few tips from The Jeff Brand Team on how to file a Texas property tax protest:
Step 1: Do Your Research
The tax appraisal office will let you file a protest on the basis of value over market value and equal appraisal value. Your goal is to prove that your property is not worth the said amount on your tax appraisal statement. Before you begin your protest, you must have the numbers to back up your claim:
- Comps (Comparable Property Prices): Talk with a reputable realtor who knows the Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lantana, Lewisville, and surrounding areas well and ask them to pull comps of recently sold homes similar to yours in your neighborhood. If your appraised value is higher than these homes, then you’ve got a case for lower your property taxes.
- Take Note of Repairs: What repairs or improvements would you need to make to your home to put it on the market today? Does your home need foundation repair or a new roof? Are bathroom and kitchen fixtures outdated? Take pictures of these flaws and use them as evidence of the lower tax bill. County tax appraisers have never set foot inside your home so show them where their numbers might be skewed.
- Find Your Twin: Is there a home in your neighborhood that is just yours? Look on the county tax appraisal website to see their assessed value, and if it’s less than yours, use that as evidence for your appeal.
Step 2: File the Protest
Use the Property Owner’s Notice of Protest form that was mailed to you with your Notice of Appraised Value to determine property value. Make sure you take note of your property tax protest deadline and file before that date (May 17 in Denton County).
Step 3: Go to the Informal Hearing
After you file your protest, you will be notified of a date and time to appear for an informal hearing. Most cases are settled here within 15 minutes, with a determination of your property value at the end of the hearing.
Need more help understanding how to file a Texas property tax protest? The Jeff Brand Team is happy to assist you with all your real estate needs!