How to Appeal My Houston Commercial Property Taxes

Have you received your 2018 commercial property tax assessment? Did the valuation fall outside of where you expected? It could be that the value of your property faced a significant change in 2017 and your local appraisal district (Harris County Appraisal District in the Houston area) missed that change somehow. It is your right as a property owner to protest your commercial property valuation and have an appraisal review board hear your case. You can either go through the appeal process yourself or hire a Houston commercial property tax consultant. But no matter how you go about it, keep in mind, the deadline to submit your appeal for review is May 15th.

Do-It-Yourself

If you’d like to appeal your commercial property tax assessment yourself, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. File your protest online. Your local appraisal district should have a link on their website. For Houston, you can appeal on the HCAD website.
  2. Research the value of comparable properties and collect evidence to support the assertion your commercial property assessment was too high.
  3. Attend the appraisal review board hearing to present your case.

Commercial Property Tax Consultants

If you’d like to fill out one form and let an expert handle the rest of the process, you need a commercial property tax consultant. Our team of property tax experts has worked closely with the local appraisal district and review boards. We have over 40 years of combined experience assessing property values and providing evidence of potential conflicts between fair value and the assessed value of commercial properties. Best of all, you only have a single form to fill out, and we’ll do the rest. Research property values and attend your appraisal review for you.

We are so confident in our ability to get you results, that we don’t get paid unless we win your commercial property tax appeal. Call today to get started. 281-880-6500

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Did You Just Write a Huge Check for Your Houston Commercial Property Taxes?

It is that time of year. Spring is here and tax bills were just due a month ago. You might still be reeling over the fact that you had to painfully write that large check. Each year, Houston commercial property taxes are a heavy burden on business owners. Are you looking for a way to minimize the size of the next property tax check you have to write?

Commercial Property Tax Appeals

January 1st, 2017, the Harris County Appraisal District began assessing commercial property values for the tax year. When you receive your valuation, you may discover it seems inaccurate or unfair. You can appeal your commercial property tax valuation to receive a fairer tax bill. BUT, you have to file your protest by May 15th.

Don’t wait until you receive your tax bill. In most cases, it is too late to protest your valuation. Call or contact us today to get our experts involved. We can evaluate your property and your assessment for areas of potential contention. We’ll prepare the appeal paperwork and gather the evidence that will convince the Appraisal Review Board that the appraisal district provided an unfair or inaccurate property valuation. With over 10 years of experience, our property tax consultants are experienced and aggressive in reducing commercial property tax bills.

If you’re looking to save your business money this year, appeal your commercial property valuation with help from PCG. Enjoy the Property Consulting Group difference — if you don’t win your commercial property tax protest, you don’t pay us! We believe so strongly that we can help you, that our fee is contingent on your saving! Call today to get started. 281-880-6500 Don’t wait! May 15th is fast approaching.

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Did You Receive a Reappraisal Notification for Your Commercial Property?

As a result of Hurricane Harvey, some taxing entities have agreed to reappraise properties in their district for a portion of 2017 values. Some appraisal districts have issued reappraisal notifications informing property owners of the new appraised value and the dates for which it is applicable to their tax bill.

If you have received a letter regarding a change in your property’s value or a notice that “your property was NOT physically damaged,” you may be wondering what action, if any, needs to be taken. At Property Consulting Group, it is our job to stay on top of the latest in commercial property tax appraisals and values, so we have outlined what you need to know:

  1. If you agree with the letter’s assertion and new appraised value, there is nothing you need to do. As taxes should have already been paid, refunds will be issued.
  2. If you disagree with the new value, you can submit the relevant information to support your disagreement. If you need help doing so, please let us know.
  3. If your letter says, “your property was NOT physically damaged,” but it actually was, you need to submit that documentation to your appraisal district. The appraisal districts don’t know what they don’t know, so you will need to tell them. If you need guidance with this process, please contact us.

Call or contact our team today at (281) 880-6500 if you have any questions about Hurricane Harvey reappraisals in your district. Our experts specialize in commercial property tax protests for Houston, Galveston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas property owners.

 

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Houston Commercial Property Tax Protest Deadline Change

We have urgent news for you! For the first time in a very long time, the deadlines have changed for appealing your Texas property tax assessment. Previously May 31st, you now have to file your property tax protest by May 15th.

New Property Tax Appeal Deadline is May 15th.

 

Also, the deadline for filing your business personal property renditions was moved from April 15th to April 1st. Please view our calendar for all the important Houston property tax deadlines.

New Business Personal Property Renditions Deadline is April 1st.

 

We urge you to mark these important dates on your calendar. And if you don’t want to worry about it, feel free to contact us now, and we’ll get your case started now so you don’t have to think about it again. (281) 880-6500 We are your best choice for Houston commercial property tax protests.

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Are You Eligible to Pay Your 2017 and 2018 Houston Commercial Property Taxes in Installments?

As your trusted Houston commercial property tax consultants, we are dedicated to keeping you informed of the big news that affects your property tax appraisals and bill. In December, we were reminded that some Texans who are recovering from Hurricane Harvey will be able to pay their 2017 and 2018 property taxes in four installments without penalty or interest. This is thanks to Texas Tax Code 31.032.

Who is Eligible?

Homeowners and small businesses that were damaged in the hurricane and in a declared disaster area can pay their taxes in four installments. To qualify it must be a residential property with no more than four units, which can be a small business with gross receipts of less than $5.7 million.

Steps You Must Take To Make Installments:

By January 31st, you must pay 25% of your property tax bill and inform your local taxing unit that you intend to pay in installments. Then pay the additional three installments of 25% by the following due dates: March 31, May 31 and July 31.

If you have any questions, give us a call, we’d be happy to help. 281-880-6500

 

For more details read the KPRC news story or check out the tax code directly.

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5 Signs I Should Appeal My Houston Commercial Property Tax

Are you thinking about hiring a commercial property tax consultant to help you protest your commercial property’s valuation, but are not sure if you stand a chance of a reduction? Amongst the millions of pots a business owner has their hands in, it can be difficult to assess what is worth investing time in and what is not. After all, time is money. That’s why we at Property Consulting Group offer you a quick list of five clear reasons to take the time to appeal your Houston commercial property taxes:

1. Large increase versus last year’s assessment

If your commercial property assessment arrived at a much higher number than last year’s assessment, you may consider a Houston commercial property tax appeal. A sudden jump without good reason could mean a mistake was made and you may be able to get your commercial value lowered.

2. Property damage or loss

If you experienced damage to your property over the last year, you should consider protesting your property valuation. There is a chance the damage was not taken into consideration. Remember the value is based on the property on January 1st of the given year, so you need to keep that in mind if your damage occurred afterward.

3. Property changes such as expansions and improvements

If you made any changes to your property in the last year, you may have a reason to appeal your property taxes. Our tax experts can help you assess the precise situation to make a decision that works for you.

4. External influences affecting your commercial property

There are plenty of outside influences that can affect the value of your commercial property. If the surrounding area was hit hard by a flood or hurricane, if there is a great deal of nearby road construction inhibiting access, rerouted traffic, expanded freeways, eminent domain issues, etc. If these things affect your ability to conduct business due to foot traffic changes or property values falling, a property tax appeal would be highly recommended.

5. Changes in occupancy

Commercial properties with multiple tenants can experience a flux in occupancy for a variety of reasons. If your property has a dramatic change in occupancy, you might consider a property tax protest. The value of your property is not just about the property, but its ability to make money for the business so anything that affects that, is worth investigating a property tax appeal.

Houston Commercial Property Tax Appeal

So what does it take to appeal your Houston commercial property taxes? At Property Consulting Group, we make it very easy. As your best choice of Houston commercial property tax consultants, we simply require you provide us the basic information about your property and we’ll handle the rest. We’ll file the appeal, gather evidence of the fair property value, attend the hearing and take care of everything for you. To get started, give us a call or contact us today! 281-880-6500

Don’t wait! You must file by May 15th!

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What Does the Bexar Appraisal District Have to Do with My Commercial Property Taxes?

If you’re not in the commercial tax appraisal business, you may be confused by the variety of entities we work within San Antonio. The most frequent terms you’ll hear are “Bexar Appraisal District” and “Bexar Appraisal Review Board.” To make sure you understand who is responsible for what in the San Antonio area, we have put together the most up-to-date, relevant information about these entities for you.

BEXAR APPRAISAL DISTRICT

The Bexar Appraisal District (BCAD) is responsible for appraising all real and business personal property for taxing units (cities, towns, school districts, etc.) in Bexar County. BCAD also administers and determines eligibility for various property tax exemptions authorized by state and local governments.

THE BEXAR APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD

The Bexar Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is the judicial part of the county tax system. It is a separate body from the appraisal office. Appointed by the local administrative district judge for Bexar County, the ARB is comprised of an independent group of 50 citizen members. They are responsible for hearing and resolving property tax disputes over appraisal matters. When there is a dispute about the appraisal between the appraisal district and the property owner, the ARB provides an independent, impartial review and decision of the case. If you think the appraised value of your property is incorrect, the Bexar Appraisal Review Board is who receives your commercial property value protest. They handle the scheduling of hearings and deciding each property tax protest case.

At Property Consulting Group we have worked extensively with both the Bexar Appraisal District and the Bexar Appraisal Review Board.

May 15th is your deadline for filing a property tax protest, contact us today to protest your San Antonio commercial property tax appraisal. 281-880-6500

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What Does the Travis Central Appraisal District Have to Do with My Commercial Property Taxes?

If you’re not in the commercial tax appraisal business, you may be confused by the variety of entities we have to work within the Austin area. The most frequent terms you’ll hear are “Travis Central Appraisal District” and “Travis Appraisal Review Board.” To make sure you understand who is responsible for what in the Austin area, we have put together the most relevant information about these entities for you.

TRAVIS CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT

The Travis Central Appraisal District (TCAD) works to provide an accurate appraisal of all property in Travis County at one hundred percent market value. Their responsibility for appraisals applies to all taxing units in imposing ad valorem taxes on property in the district. TCAD appraises property covering all of Travis County which is almost 380,000 tax accounts.

THE TRAVIS APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD

The Travis Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is appointed by the local administrative district judge for Travis County for two-year terms. The ARB is comprised of an independent, impartial group of citizens authorized to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district. They are responsible for hearing and resolving property tax protests from property owners. When there is a dispute between the appraisal district and the property owner, the ARB provides an independent review and decision of the case. If you think the appraised value of your property is incorrect, the Travis Appraisal Review Board is who receives your property value protest. They handle the scheduling of hearings and deciding each property tax protest case.

At Property Consulting Group we have worked extensively with both the Travis Central Appraisal District and the Travis Appraisal Review Board. May 31st is your deadline for filing a property tax protest, contact us today to appeal your Austin commercial property tax appraisal. 281-880-6500

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What Does the Tarrant Appraisal District Have to Do With My Commercial Property Taxes?

If you’re not in the commercial tax appraisal business, you may be confused by the variety of entities we have to work within Fort Worth. The most frequent terms you’ll hear are “Tarrant Appraisal District” and “Tarrant Appraisal Review Board.” To make sure you understand who is responsible for what in the Forth Worth area, we have put together the most relevant information about these entities for you.

TARRANT APPRAISAL DISTRICT

The Tarrant Appraisal District (TAD) is responsible for appraising taxable property for the taxing units within Tarrant County. They are responsible for property tax appraisal and exemption administration for seventy-three jurisdictions or taxing units in Tarrant county, such as the county, city, school districts, etc. TAD also administers and determines eligibility for various property tax exemptions authorized by state and local governments.

TAD has three appraisal departments responsible for the valuation of all real estate and personal property: Commercial Appraisal, Business Personal Property Appraisal, and Residential Appraisal.

THE TARRANT APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD

The Tarrant Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is appointed by the local administrative district judge for Tarrant County. The ARB is comprised of an independent group of 70 citizen members. They are responsible for hearing and resolving property tax protests from property owners. When there is a dispute between the appraisal from the appraisal district and the property owner, the ARB provides an independent, impartial review and decision of the case. If you think the appraised value of your property is incorrect, the Tarrant Appraisal Review Board is who receives your property value protest. They handle the scheduling of hearings and deciding each property tax protest case.

At Property Consulting Group we have worked extensively with both the Tarrant Appraisal District and the Tarrant Appraisal Review Board.

May 31st is your deadline for filing a property tax protest, contact us today to protest your Fort Worth commercial property tax appraisal. 281-880-6500

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Hurricane Harvey & Property Tax Reappraisals: What You Need to Know

With many properties facing significant damage from Hurricane Harvey, many are wondering if they will be granted a property value reassessment for 2017. While many won’t, some will, and here is what you do need to know:

The Texas Property Tax Codes set property values to be assessed as they stood on January 1st of each year. If a disaster area is declared, local taxing entities can decide to grant a reassessment. As noted in this story about the Katy Independent School District granting a property value reassessment after Harvey, a reduction in property value means less tax revenue for the taxing entity and the taxing entity has to pay the cost of reassessing the value of storm-damaged homes and properties by the appraisal district.

What Does Reappraisal Mean for My Tax Bill?

If you own property in a district where values will be reappraised, you will get a prorated value for 2017 property taxes. Meaning that for the months leading up to Hurricane Harvey you will pay taxes on the originally assessed value as your property stood on January 1, 2017, and then for the remainder of 2017, you will pay taxes based on the newly appraised post-storm value.

The reassessment of your property value will be done as soon as practicable by the appraisal district. The information will include the date of the disaster, the newly appraised post-storm value, and the taxing entities to which the new value applies. It is possible that not all taxing authorities who receive taxes from your property will have authorized the reappraisal, meaning you’ll be partly taxed for one value and partly taxed for another based on how those taxes are allocated.

It is very possible that the reappraisal will not be complete prior to the 2017 property tax deadline of January 31, 2018. It is important to comply with property tax deadlines to avoid paying penalties and interest. Even if a taxing entity is requesting a reappraisal, it may be necessary to pay the current bill as is and collect a refund if the reappraisal results in a lower bill. Please contact our office or call the tax office with any questions regarding your bill.

What You Need to Do

All of that being said, some taxing authorities have granted reappraisals due to Hurricane Harvey while others have set up a system for reporting your storm damage so they can better assess your changed property value for next year. We urge you to submit damage information regardless of whether reappraisal was authorized for 2017. This information will be invaluable for your 2018 assessment. See below for the information you need to know if you fall under one of the appraisal districts below.

In Fort Bend, submit evidence of damage such as photos of the damage, insurance estimates, contractor estimates, receipts for repairs, FEMA documents or any related repair costs due to disaster damage. Follow the detailed instruction from Fort Bend County Appraisal District.

In Harris County, those who suffered damage from Hurricane Harvey can report damage to HCAD through its upgraded app available for Apple or Android phones.  You can also report damage at 713.812.5805 by providing your name, address, phone number, and account number, if you have it, along with the type of property damage and amount of water you received. You can also email that information to help@hcad.org. Read HCADs damage reporting instructions here.

In Galveston County property owners who have any type of property damage from Hurricane Harvey can now report that damage to the Galveston Central Appraisal District via email at harveydamage@galvestoncad.org. Follow the detailed instructions provided by the Galveston County Appraisal District.

As always, should you have any questions regarding your commercial property tax valuation, give us a call: 281-880-6500

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