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Total Parcels and Total Protests State of TexasSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Thousands
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Parcels 18,305 19,154 19,190 19,931 20,664
Total Protests Filed 1,212 1,355 1,578 1,875 1,815

Texas property owners should protest annually since Mass appraisal used by appraisal districts includes many errors based on limited resources. About 500 appraisers value all 20 million Texas tax parcels; about 40,000 per appraiser. Another 1,500 appraisers measure new construction.

Texas Property Tax Protests

Texas Appraisal District totals for: 1) number of parcels and 2) number of protests. Both the number of parcels and protests are gradually rising in most counties. There is no cost to file a protest and most protests (aka property tax appeals) are successful. It is not clear why so few people protest.

Total parcels in Texas appraisal district

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

Thousands
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Protests 1,212 1,355 1,578 1,875 1,815
Single Family Home Protests 694* 755 889 1,087 1,035
Commercial / Other Protests 518 600 689 788 780
*Data error corrected by O’Connor for Freestone CAD 2014

Texas property owners should protest annually since It is their right.

Total Protests

Texas property tax protests by type are displayed below. In most counties, the number of single family protests exceeds the number of commercial protests. However, the savings from commercial protests are greater than the reductions from single family appeals. Virtually all commercial property owners appeal their property taxes. In 2018, we estimate 50% of commercial owners appealed their property tax assessment while only 15% of home owners appealed.

Home owners pay more than their fair share of property taxes by not appealing. The vast majority of commercial value is appealed statewide, generally with substantial reductions. Only 15% of Texas home owners protest statewide while the commercial owners appeal aggressively annually. Not appealing shifts taxable value from commercial to single family.

% of Parcels Protested TexasSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Percent
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Percent Protested 6.6% 7.1% 8.2% 9.4% 8.8%

Texas property owners should protest annually since About 60% of appeals are successful.

State of Texas - % Parcels Protested

Following is an indication of the portion of all Texas Appraisal District parcels protested or appealed each year. Property owners handle about one-third of the appeals and hire property tax consultants for the other two-thirds.

Protests by Property Type TexasSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Thousands
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Number 1,019 1,034 1,212 1,355 1,578 1,875 1,815
Single Family 694* 755 889 1,087 1,035
Multi-Family Res 31* 36 49 52 50
Commercial 182* 205 224 257 237
All Other 19.50* 23 26 30 29
*Data error corrected by O’Connor for Freestone CAD 2014

Texas property owners should protest annually since Correcting an error in the appraisal district’s description of your property can reap savings in future years.

Texas Protests by Property Type

Texas appraisal district property tax protests are illustrated below based on the type of property and number of protests. Home owners typically account for over half the property tax protests. However, this is a small portion of all home owners. Most commercial accounts are appealed annually. It is a critical factor in managing property taxes, often the largest operating expense for commercial property owners. They have teams compile information property by property to assist us in reducing their taxes.

Value of Property Protested by TypeSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Billions of $
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Value Protested Total 800 1,014 1,088 1,198 1,319
Single Family 179 248 284 324 345
Multi-Family Res 96 135 139 155 197
Commercial 286 392 425 452 487
All Other 239 238 240 266 289

Texas Value of Property Protested by Type

The total dollar value of annual property tax protests with Texas appraisal districts, based on the dollar property tax protests based on the dollar volume and type of property are illustrated in this graph. While the number of residential appeals is typically larger, the market value of commercial accounts protested is larger than the value of all residential accounts protested.

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