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Texas Property Tax Updates

Updated September 2019

Tax Payment Requirements & Late Tax Challenges

Taxing units throughout Texas are adopting tax rates and sending tax bills. Taxpayers should consider tax payment requirements and potential last opportunities to contest their taxes. Taxpayers must be vigilant to avoid missing payment of a tax bill. All taxpayers receive a school and county bill and, if located within such, a city or special district bill. Tax bills are sent to the “most recent address in possession” of the appraisal district whether current or not. Failure to send or receive a bill does not affect a taxpayer’s liability. It is the taxpayer’s responsibility to pay all taxes with or without a bill. Taxes must be paid by January 31, 2020 and will, if delinquent, incur 1% per month interest, and up to a 12% penalty and a 15% attorney collection fee. Payment is recommended by postmarked, certified mail, return receipt. Some taxpayers are questioning why they did not contest their valuations last spring. There may still be an avenue of protest. A taxpayer under certain limited circumstances may still protest, prior to the delinquency date, their valuation if their value exceeds the correct value of the property by more than one-third.

Greg Hart.
Popp Hutcheson, PLLC.
American Property Tax Counsel (APTC)


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