In Texas there is no state income tax, making property taxes the primary financial resource for governmental entities. Therefore, it is important for the taxpayer to understand the nature of property taxes in Texas. According to Texas Constitution there are five basic rules regarding property taxes:
Levied by counties, cities and school districts, every local appraisal district has to put a value to each property in its appraisal area by using the “Mass Appraisal” method. This method means that appraisal districts don’t have the personnel to comb through all of their valuations every year to check for over-appraisals, leaving that responsibility to you – the taxpayer.
If the taxpayer disagrees with their property taxes and believe they are entitled to property tax relief, they are able to challenge their appraisal district for the following reasons:
Filing a protest in Texas must be done by May 31 of the current tax year, or 30 days after receiving their Notice of Appraised Value, whichever is later. Taxpayers first have the opportunity to seek property tax relief through an informal hearing with their appraisal district staff.
If there is no resolution, they are able to seek property tax help by presenting their assessment case to the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) once per year. If the ARB’s ruling is not acceptable to the taxpayer, they have the right to seek property tax relief from judicial review.
With Resolute, we will file the protest, and have the informal and formal hearing for you, so you don’t have to worry about it.
Dallas Central Appraisal District (Dallas CAD) is a political subdivision of the state of Texas and is responsible for assessing, creating and maintaining all Dallas County property tax values for each of the 61 local governing bodies in Dallas County. Established in 1981, Dallas CAD has an average of 100,000 protests per year. Currently, the Dallas Central Appraisal District appraises property in all of Dallas County, covering approximately 900 square miles and including 813,000 property tax accounts. The Appraisal District values all taxing entities in the county. Each property tax entity utilizes the assessed values founded by the Dallas CAD.
The Dallas Central Appraisal District Board of Directors has appointed members to the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) in agreement with the Texas Property Tax Code. These members serve a term of 2-3 years. The ARB is a separate body that serves a separate function from the appraisal district by hearing and resolving appraisal matters.
Please feel free to contact us at any time regarding your property tax negotiation. We are happy to help you with all of your property tax needs.