I’ve had numerous questions about property taxes this year. Here are the things you need to know in Travis County.
AAn appraisal value is calculated based on the following:
Market value: This is the value based on what your property would sell for as of January of this year
Assessed value: This is the reduced value of your property based on limitations provided by having a homestead exemption.
Taxable value: This is the assessed value minus any exemption amounts. It is the value used to calculate your property taxes for each taxing unit.
You should receive this information every spring and if you did not receive this, you can view your property’s values using the property search feature of the Travis County Appraisal District Website
If you believe the market value of your property is incorrect, you have the right to protest that value. The deadline to file your protest for the 2021 protest season is May 17, 2021. If you choose to protest the value of your property, you can initiate the protest in one of several ways:
This is the easiest and fastest way to initiate and manage your protest. By filing online, you will receive an immediate confirmation that your protest has been filed. Additionally, you will be able to upload comments and evidence related to your protest, review evidence from the appraisal district, and accept/decline any settlement offer through your online account.
Click here to file online.
You can download this form send your protest by mail at:
Travis Central Appraisal District
PO Box 149012
Austin TX 78714
You can stop by their office during normal business hours:
850 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752
Note: Due to Covid 19, the office is currently closed to in-person transactions. Property owners are encouraged to utilize online resources to conduct TCAD-related business.
The Informal Process
During the informal process, property owners who have protested their market value have the opportunity to receive a settlement offer from the appraisal district.
The informal process for the 2021 protest season is scheduled to begin on April 19, 2021 and end on June 18, 2021.
Click here to learn more about the informal protest process
The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) Process
The Travis Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is an independent group of citizens authorized to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district. The ARB sits in panels of three to hear testimony and review evidence to determine property owner protests that were not resolved during the informal process.
The ARB hearing process is expected to begin in June 2021.
Click here to learn more about ARB hearings
Now that we know the process, we must remember these important dates:
April 19, 2021
Informal Process Begins
May 17, 2021
June 18, 2021
Last Day of the Informal Process
ARB Hearings Begin
Are you under Williamson County? Click here to view their protest procedures.