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