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HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN

PROTEST MY PROPERTY TAXES?

 

DISCLAIMER - We are not property tax professionals.

1.CHECK YOUR PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS.

 If your assessor has you down for four bedrooms -- and you only have three -- you can correct the error if they visit your property or you submit building drawings. Less living space, of course, means a lower tax bill. Your property description should be accurate in terms of square footage, rooms and amenities.

2. Do you qualify for exemptions?

You automatically receive a "homestead" exemption for living in your home and not renting it out.

Exemptions are also available for seniors, veterans and the disabled. Click the link below and find the forms for every exemption available.

3. Are you over-assessed?

The simplest rule of thumb for an appeal is that the assessor's market estimate of your home is more than you think you can sell it for. This is a fuzzy estimate, but if you think you're over-assessed, you can always appeal.


* Just note that market values are often rough estimates. The real value of your home is what someone is willing to pay for it at closing. Assessors give you a window of at least 30 days to appeal your assessment notice. But you have to jump on the appeal process within that period or you have to wait another year.


OPTIONS FOR FILING PROPERTY TAX PROTEST



Option 1  |  Submit your Report Online

The Online Protest is your Informal Hearing.  You are eligible for an online protest if your appraisal notice includes an Online Protest ID. You will use your Property ID and Online Protest ID to login to Montgomery County or Harris County Appraisal District’s Online Protest system.

The Montgomery County & Harris County Online Property Tax Protest system allows you to perform basic functions related to your property tax appeal.

*Make sure you submit a Market Value Report for your home and comparable homes


After submitting your Property Tax Reduction Report, the Appraisal District will review your evidence and either (1) make an offer for a reduction in your assessed value, or (2) request that you present your evidence at the ARB (Appraisal Review Board) hearing.  The ARB is a private, impartial group of citizens authorized to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district. They hold property tax appeal hearings for protests not settled during the Informal Hearing.



Option 2 | Submit your Report In-Person


File your protest in-person by completing the Notice Of Protest Form (Click link below and look for the Notice of Protest Form) and scheduling an appointment:

Call to schedule an appointment:

Harris County Appraisal District | 13013 Northwest Freeway, Houston TX 77040 | 713-957-7800

Montgomery County Appraisal District | 109 Gladstell St, Conroe, TX 77301 | 936- 539 - 7897

*Make sure you bring a Market Value Report for your home and comparable homes.



Option 3 | Submit your Report Via Mail


File your protest by completing and mailing the Notice of Protest Form: 

Harris County Appraisal District | 13013 Northwest Freeway, Houston TX 77040 | 713-957-7800

Montgomery County Appraisal District | 109 Gladstell St, Conroe, TX 77301 | 936- 539 - 7897

*Make sure you submit a Market Value Report for your home and comparable homes

For more information please visit your counties Appraisal District website.

Harris County Appraisal District Website

Montgomery County Appraisal District Website


The Mathieson Group Real Estate Team, specializes in helping clients in North Houston