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Important News Regarding Property Tax Deductions on Federal Income Taxes

Late yesterday afternoon, the IRS issued guidelines regarding the deductibility of 2018 prepayments. While tax bills sent and paid in 2017 are still deductible (nothing has changed for 2017), the new guidelines from the IRS indicate that 2018 taxes held in escrow until the 2018 tax bill is calculated in October are not deductible. The Austin American Statesman covered this story in this morning’s paper at http://www.statesman.com/news/local/irs-statement-dampens-austin-area-rush-prepay-property-taxes/aWByiUkSJo0xKkcqWZPbPO/ and the IRS provides examples at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-advisory-prepaid-real-property-taxes-may-be-deductible-in-2017-if-assessed-and-paid-in-2017. If you have additional questions about your [...]

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I just got my tax bill! Is it too late to file a protest?

Many homeowners are being hit with sticker shock at the size of their tax bills. If you did not file a protest by May 31st this year, it is most likely too late but there are still a few options open if you qualify for one of the late protests below. Clerical/Characteristic Error (25.25c) You can back-file a protest for up to 5 tax years if the Appraisal District has a qualifying error on your property.  You must pay your [...]

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Storm Damage Information

Update: As of September 18th, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties each unanimously voted to reappraise property. We hope this message finds you safe as we know the dramatic impact we have all faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Even if the storm did not directly affect your property we all have friends and family members that are dealing with the devastation.  Our thoughts go out to each of you as you working to replace, rebuild and come out of [...]

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Property Tax Exemptions

Great news for procrastinators! The Texas legislature passed a law this summer extending the deadline to file certain exemptions. Homestead/Over 65: The deadline has been extended to two years after the delinquency date of the taxes for that year. For example, you have until January 31, 2018 to file for the 2015 tax year. Disabled Veteran: The deadline has been extended to five years after the delinquency date of taxes for that year. For example, you have until January 31, 2018 [...]

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What should I expect after I sign up with Texas Protax?

We believe that our clients should have to do the least amount of work possible – that’s why you hired professionals! Once you sign up with us, we take care of everything. We will file the protest, do the research on your property, and attend the hearing on your behalf. If you have any information about your property that you want your agent to review, you can send it to us by filling out our Request for Information. You will receive [...]

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When is the deadline to file a protest?

Short answer: May 15th. The deadline to file a protest each year is May 15th or 30 days after you receive your Notice of Appraised Value – whichever is LATER. That means if you received your Notice of Appraised Value by April 15th, you have until May 15th to file a protest – even if there is an earlier “deadline” printed on your Notice of Appraised Value. Some Appraisal Districts print misleading “deadlines” in order to get people to file protests earlier [...]

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Deadline to File a Protest for 2016 is May 31st

Deadline to File a Protest for 2016 is May 31Don’t wait until the last minute to inquire about our services.  See if we can help you lower your property taxes this year.  Send us an email at info@texasprotax.com or call us at 512-339-6671.

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What is involved in a property tax appeal?

There are numerous steps in appealing your property’s value for any given year, this is the condensed version:File a written protest by June 1st with the Appraisal District Research Appraisal District records, review their data to understand how your property is classified Research Appraisal District Records to obtain sales comparables and equity comparables in your Appraisal District Neighborhood Prepare a presentation appropriately adjusting the comparables Travel to the Appraisal District, wait in hall (sometimes for hours) to be called for your informal meeting [...]

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I believe my property value is already conservative, so why should I appeal?

Your property value may not be equitable with similar properties. Inequality is often a basis for a reduction.

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