Property Owners Should Soon Start Receiving Appraisal Notices for the 2016 Tax Year

If your property value increased in the last year, you will soon receive an appraisal

notice from the Rains County Appraisal District. The appraisal district mailed about 14,000 appraisal notices  around  April 15 Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set your 2016 property taxes.

 

Under Texas law, county appraisal districts are required to notify property owners about

changes in their property’s value. The notice contains important information about the

property’s location, ownership and property tax exemptions that have been applied to

the property. It must also include an estimate of 2016 taxes by local taxing units.

 

Property owners who disagree with the appraised value of their property, the

exemptions or any other action by the appraisal district have the right to appeal to the

Rains County Appraisal Review Board (ARB). The ARB is an independent panel of

citizens responsible for hearing and settling property owner protests. The notice of

appraised value includes instructions on how and when to file a protest, a protest form

and the Comptroller’s Property Taxpayer Remedies. The deadline for filing a protest

with the ARB is May 31, 2016 or 30 days after the appraisal district mailed your notice

of appraised value, whichever is later.

 

The Comptroller’s publication, Property Taxpayer Remedies, explains in detail how to

protest your property appraisal, what issues the ARB can consider and what to expect

during a protest hearing. The publication also discusses the options of taking your case

to court, the State Office of Administrative Hearings or binding arbitration if you are

dissatisfied with the outcome of your ARB hearing.

Property Taxpayer Remedies is available from the Rains County Appraisal District at

145 Doris Briggs Pkwy, Emory TX 75440.

The publication is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at

comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/proptax/.

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