I just got my tax bill! Is it too late to file a protest?
Is it too late to file a protest?
Did you miss the deadline to file a protest by May 31st?
If so, it is considered to be late. However, there are options. See if you qualify for one of the reasons listed below.
Clerical and Characteristic Error (25.25c)
Did you find a qualifying error on your property tax? You have 5 years to file a protest.
To qualify, you must pay your taxes on-time and the error must be:
1. Simple Clerical or Data Entry Error.
Examples include typos, transposing numbers, or wrong information.
2. Multiple Appraisals of your Property.
For instance, being double billed for two identical houses, when you only have one on the property.
3. Inclusion of a property that does not exist in that form or location.
This would be like taxing you for your neighbor’s pool or for a garage that does not exist. It happens because of faulty satellite image.
4. Appraisal District fails to update ownership information.
Sometimes the information is not updated like it should have been. This leads to a tax bill is not your responsibility.
Substantial Error (25.25d)
This type of protest is valid when your property is over-appraised. To qualify it must be a substantial error. First, prove that your property’s appraisal amount is over by a third of its true value. It is easy to find this cut off amount by multiplying your appraised value by 0.75. Then you must prove that your property is worth less than this value.
(Example: Peter just paid $300,000 for a property, but the Appraisal District appraised it for $400,000.)
This protest is due by January 31st. To qualify, taxes must be paid taxes on-time. Note: There is a 10% penalty for filing a successful 25.25d protest.
Failure to Receive Notice (41.411)
If the Appraisal District failed to send you a copy of your Notice of Appraised Value, then this is an option. Normally they are mailed in April in each year.
You may qualify if:
1. You provided the correct mailing address to the Appraisal District. However, they failed to update it.
2. The notice returns to the Appraisal District.
3. You are a victim of mail theft. You can prove it with have documented evidence from the USPS.
There are other rare options for which you may be eligible. Please contact our office for more information.
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For more information:
Texas Protax FAQ