Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan has released the schedule for the 3rd Annual Property Tax Workshops to educate property owners on ways to reduce their tax burden.
“Property owners will be receiving appraisal notices from the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) at the end of the month and I know many will be concerned about the rising appraisal values,” said Sullivan. “That’s why I’m excited to announce that we’re launching our annual Property Tax Workshops for Harris County residents. These workshops explain how property taxes are calculated and offer ways to reduce your tax burden through exemptions and protests. I want to ensure taxpayers understand their rights and are fully prepared before they protest.”
This is the third year in a row we have offered these workshops. This year, 20 are scheduled throughout Harris County. They are free and open to the public and staff from both the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office and HCAD will be available to answer questions.
“With tens of thousands of people moving to our region each year, many might not know how taxes are calculated, how they can protest and what tools are available. That’s why I created these workshops along with HCAD, so we can go step-by-step, to educate property owners on the different exemptions available and the protest process,” said Sullivan.
Texas law allows property owners to protest their value if they believe it is inaccurate. Applicants may apply online through HCAD (www.hcad.org) or fill out and send the form included in the appraisal notice.
“When you protest, it’s very important to provide as much information as possible, whether it’s about comparable properties in your neighborhood or changes made on your property or land,” said Sullivan. “All of this will aid in your protest and may lower the value, which will lower your property tax bill at the end of the year.”
The Property Tax Workshops will run from March 29 through May 26, 2016. The last day to file a property tax protest is May 31, 2016. Residents who have questions about the Property Tax Workshops may call (713) 274-8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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