Once You Sign Up with Us, We Make the Rest Easy .
Your property research is done by us and so is the filing of the protest. We also attend the hearing on your behalf.
A Great Starting Place
To begin, pay $150 Advance Administration Fee to Texas Protax. Then tell us any information about your property that helps your case. After you sign up, use the “Request for Information Form” given to you by your agent. After that, start gathering supporting documentation. Note: This form will be sent each year. It is like a friendly check-in to give you an opportunity make updates. That way we can try to save you money on your property taxes year after year. The Advance Administration Fee is a requirement each year.
To get you started, here is a list of the types of documents to gather. You can always email information, documents, photographs, or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The questionnaire is helpful but not required. If there is no information to add, that is okay, because your agent will prepare their research for the hearing. Agents will only reach out when they have a specific question for you. It is the Texas Protax full-service way!
What to Expect Next
Hearings begin in April and continue through August each year. Your agent is in the hearings during the days. Be patient if you are trying to contact them during this time. Be sure to leave a message. You may speak with others in our office who can help you when your agent is not available.
What to Expect After the Hearing
You receive the results of your hearing by email. This is usually sent the next business day after your case has been complete.
What to Expect Along the Way
Checking the status of your protest is easy. Just log into your client portal account. It allows you to upload photos and documents. You can use it to update your contact information, or pay your bill online.
For more information:
Texas Protax FAQ
Top 4 Types of Documents to Collect when Challenging Your Property Tax Assessment
Here are top 4 types of documents to collect when challenging your property tax assessment. These are some of the most helpful documents you will need. They will boost your success for lowering your property taxes.
1. Collect All Repair Bids and Estimates.
All major problems need professional estimates. This includes issues with the foundation, roof, electrical and plumbing. Likewise, you need repair estimates for damages relating to flooding damage and wood rot. These documents are proof of the repair costs. They are necessary at the hearing.
2. Gather Detailed Photographs.
You need to show all the problems on your property. This will back up and help explain the repair estimates you have collected. Be sure the photos are clear, with good lighting and a verbose description. Taking photos from different angles and distances is helpful.
Be sure to get many general photos of your property. Take a lot of Interior and exterior photos. They will aid in comparing your home with others in your area. Kitchen, bathrooms and main living areas are great to include in your collection of photos. The characteristics of your property are important. You need to show them “> “> “> when comparing the class of your home versus the recent sales in your neighborhood.
3. Keep all Receipts Organized.
Get all the receipts for recent permits and renovations. Checks and credit card statements showing related expenses help your claim as well. Be diligent. Collect all things that prove the expenses you incurred relating to your property. Keep them organized. The costs associated with the work done on your property need to be verified to support your case.
4. Proof of Purchase Price
Have you purchased your property in the last couple of years? Is the purchase price is lower than your notice value? If both of theses are true, then get a copy of your signed settlement statement. Be sure to gather any other key information regarding the sale. This is very important if it was not a typical open market transaction.
A typical open market transaction has these aspects related to the sale:
- It is advertised to the public.
- It is a transaction between two unrelated parties.
- Each party has separate interests in mind.
NOTE: If renovations are ongoing, show only the work completed up to January 1st.
Don’t worry If you don’t have any additional information to provide.
It is not required. Our agents do their own market research. They collect appraisal data while preparing for the hearing.
For more information visit our FAQ page , What should I expect after I sign up with Texas Protax?
We want you to know the information needed to challenge your property tax assessment. Learning the top 4 types of documents to collect will boost your success for lowering your property taxes.
For more information:
Texas Protax FAQ
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