Tips Before You Protest Your Tax AppraisalTips Before You Protest Your Tax Appraisalhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=101552015-05-12T13:40:00Z2015-05-12T00:00:00Z

AUSTIN (Austin American-Statesman) – It's property tax appraisal season, and an article in Sunday's Austin American-Statesman offers some tips on protesting your appraisal. The article advises:

  • Don't complain about how you can’t afford your taxes. The appraisal district doesn’t set the tax rate; they only decide what your home is worth for tax purposes.
  • Do come armed with a specific value you believe your home is worth, and the documentation to support that figure.
  • Don't give a long, rambling presentation filled with generalizations.
  • Do request in advance the documentation the appraisal district compiled to calculate its appraisal of your property. Examine the comparable homes used to determine your property’s value. See whether differences in property size, home upgrades or proximity to a busy road, for instance, might make those properties a poor comparison for your home.

We'll add one more: Do read our articles "Property Tax Protest & Appeal" and "Appraising the Appraisal Process." Both can be downloaded free from our website.

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