Property tax protest deadline approaches

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An important date for property owners is nearing. There is not much time left for homeowners to file any protest against their property tax.

May 31 is the official deadline to file any protest on the last year's property tax amount. All petitions must be in some form of writing.

"Most of them are filed above the reason of exceeding market value," said Tim Chambers, Chief Appraiser with the Angelina County Appraisal District."An appraiser will try to contact them and resolve any difference or explain any questions that they may have, and if they can't resolve the issue then it goes to the Appraisal Review Board.

New this year; many East Texans will be able to fill out their protest form on their county's website.

An important thing for any property owner wanting to petition their value is to have evidence.

"From the property owner's standpoint, they have to go in and establish by some competent evidence, proof of what the value of the home is," said lawyer Stephen Zayler.

You should also consider your loses.
"Just obtaining an appraisal, just throwing out a number maybe cost $500 and you might just get a $200 reduction on their taxes, so it has to be worthwhile," said Zayler.

Zayler also says that before you get upset, you should always compare the appraisal to the current housing market.

"When you look at the value of the appraised value from the appraisal district compared to the actual market value, they are usually pretty close. In some cases the appraised value might be a little less than the market value," said Zayler.

One more important tip in filing your petition is that while the official deadline is May 31, anyone filing has until 30 days after the postmark date on the original notice. Chambers said the absolute last day anyone can file is June 18.

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