Property Tax Protection Program

Resolved Informally TexasSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Thousands
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Number 471 579 675 790 924 1,063 1,078
Single Family 352 452 538 640 646
Commercial / Other 316 328 379 423 433

Texas property owners should protest annually since Most appeals are resolved with a reduction at the informal level.

Texas Property Tax Protests Resolved Informally

Texas property owners who file a property tax protest have three primary options to resolve the appeal / protest. These include the: 1) informal hearing, 2) the formal hearing (or appraisal review board), and judicial appeal or binding arbitration. Most property tax protests in most counties are resolved at the informal hearing.

State of Texas Informal Settlements

Texas Appraisal District cannot require an informal hearing, but most property owners prefer them. Most property owners attempt to settle in the informal hearing. In some cases, they agree to the initial value after seeing the appraisal district’s evidence.

Resulted in Reduction Through Informal Process TexasSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Thousands
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Number 350 327 456 545* 676** 758 852
Single Family 265**** 349 458 526 486
Commercial / Other 186 191 213 226 246***
*Data error corrected by O'Connor for Callahan CAD 2015
** Data error corrected by O'Connor for Nacogdoches CAD 2016
*** Data error corrected by O'Connor for Kenedy CAD 2018
**** Data error corrected by O’Connor for Blanco CAD 2014

Texas property owners should protest annually since It is the world’s safest wager. No cost and a 60% chance of savings annually.

Texas Informal Hearing Reductions

Number of Texas appraisal district accounts that received a reduction at the informal hearing is illustrated below. Informal resolution rates vary sharply from county to county.

Percent That Resulted in A ReductionSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Percent
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Number 74% 56% 68% 69% 73% 71% 79%
Single Family 75% 77% 85% 82% 75%
Commercial / Other 59% 58% 56% 54% 57%

Texas property owners should protest annually since Errors in the appraisal districts records for your property often artificially inflate YOUR property taxes.

Texas % of Informal Hearings with Reduction

Texas Appraisal District makes massive adjustments to the total values during the informal hearing process for both residential and commercial. Given the large reductions in tax assessments and property tax values it is surprising more home owners do not appeal.

$ Value Reduction From Informal ProcessSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Billions of $
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
$ Reduction Total 30 29 37 42 48 48 56
$ Reduction Single Family 7 9 12 12 14
$ Value Commercial / Other 30 33 36 35 43

Texas property owners should protest annually since Property taxes are the only type that can be negotiated based on subjective factors and judgment.

Texas Appraisal District $ Value Reduction From Informal Process

Texas Appraisal District makes massive adjustments to the total values during the informal hearing process for both residential and commercial. Given the large reductions in tax assessments and property tax values it is surprising more home owners do not appeal.

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