DID YOU KNOW?
YOU SHOULD FILE YOUR TAX PROTEST EVERY YEAR!
You should file your tax protest every year becuase in the State of Texas, property values are re-assessed each year and it can cost you a lot of money!
Even if you filed a property tax protest last year (and won), do it again this year and every year after that. It shows you know the value of your home, you’re tuned into the market and that you won’t take a sky-high valuation lying down. Also, the protest process is often an arbitrary one. You win some; you lose some. The more times you try, the more chances you have at winning!
YOU SHOULD GET YOUR NEIGHBORS ON BOARD...TO SAVE MORE!
As far as property tax protest tips go, this is one of these least well-known – but it’s an important one!
When you’re about to file your tax protest, stop by your neighbors’ houses and encourage them to do so, too. When your neighbors get their property valuations lowered, it makes it infinitely easier for you to as well.
The appraisal district will use comparable home valuations and sales in the neighborhood to determine what your home is worth and how much taxes you should pay on it.
The lower those other area homes are, the lower your tax bill will be.
DON'T E-FILE YOUR TAX PROTEST!
If at all possible, try to avoid e-filing. Some appraisal districts offer you the ability to file your property tax protest online.
Though this might be tempting, avoid e-filing at all costs. In our experience, it significantly lowers your chances at success and can impact the overall savings you’re able to get from your protest.
USE THE RIGHT EVIDENCE!
To give yourself the best chance to lower your property taxes, you need to have the right evidence. Did you buy your home in the last couple of years? Use your settlement statement to show what you paid for the property and if that number’s below your valuation, you might just have a done deal.
Did your neighbor sell their home for $20K under your valuation? Use that to prove your home’s appraisal is off.
Your tax appeal partner can help you gather this evidence and even present it to the appraisal district on your behalf.
DON'T MISS YOUR DEADLINE
This should be an obvious one, but time has a way of getting away from us. You need to know your deadline. Though most appraisal districts have a property tax protest deadline sometime in May, the exact date tends to vary from county to county. Some even offer late protest dates, so be sure to check your local county appraisal district website for updated info on when your protest must be filed by. You don’t want to miss your chance, as it could hurt your future chances as well.
This also means giving your tax protest professional ample time to assemble the right evidence for your case. The more time they have, the better your chances.
USE A PROFESSIONAL YOU TRUST!
When it comes to property tax protest tips,
THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE WE CAN GIVE. Using a professional to handle your tax protest comes with an incredible number of benefits.
Most importantly, it gives you an expert, knowledgeable partner who can build your case and boost your chances of success. They know what it takes to win a protest, and they can make it happen. Using a pro also adds convenience for you. There’s no gathering of evidence or tedious forms, meetings or hearings. They do it all for you.
Not only will your professional most likely get better results, they do all the work for you!
Contact us now to get started!