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Property Tax Arbitration - Property Tax Values - Austin TX - Final Step when Fighting Taxes

Property Tax Arbitration - Property Tax Values - Austin TX - is the final step to take when a home owner is unhappy with their property tax value. I am an Arbitrator for the State of Texas' Comptroller's office. I find it very interesting to hear home owners' views as to why their properties are valued incorrectly.

Here's an example from a couple of weeks ago of why would you go to Property Tax Arbitration...

property taxThese home owners were given an assessment of over $1.07 Million. They went to the Appraisal Review Board at the Travis Central Appraisal District.  Without any kind of deliberation by the panel chosen, they arbitrarily came up with a value of $962k plus some change.  How did they come up with this number?  Who knows, as there is no explanation on the recording, just a 3 second time period where the panel chair said they're going to deliberate, to when the first panelist says $962k followed by a second panelist saying he agreed "exactly".

With that, the home owners knew they needed to take things further, and they filed for Property Tax Arbitration with the State of Texas Comptroller's Office.  The home owners read my blog post about Property Tax Arbitration that explained the process, but instead of choosing me to be the Arbitrator, they chose me to represent them.

We met a couple of times to go over what happened at the Appraisal Review Board, as well as at the house so I could see the condition to be able to compare the property to the ones the Travis Central Appraisal District was looking at.  We then went and looked at three homes that were currently on the market since there wasn't much sales history in the immediate neighborhood.

Two weeks ago, we met with the Travis Central Appraisal Districts' Chief Appraiser to come to an agreement. After meeting for about 45 minutes, I helped these home owners go from $1.07M to $962K down to $850k!  They did the first adjustment on their own, but between the $962k and the $850k, I helped them save approximately $2240 for the year. From the original appraised value, that's a savings of almost $4800.

Some people don't think Arbitration is worth it, but $4800 is not chump change, and neither is $2440!  Because the new value was in favor of the home owner, they got back $450 of their $500 fee for filing for Property Tax Arbitration. They were up over $5200!!!  I would love to have an extra $5200 in my pocket each year!

If you question your Property Tax Values and you can't get a satisfactory result from the Appraisal Review Board, don't be scared to take it to the next level. I can either represent you for the Arbitration, or you can choose me to be the unbiased, mutually accepted Arbitrator to preside over your case.  I work with Property Tax Arbitration cases in the Austin TX and Dallas TX areas. 

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Comment balloon 2 commentsDonna Harris • November 18 2009 10:25AM


Donna, Great information on property tax arbitration.  We try to prepare any client, or neighbor, with stats to use to fight property taxes.  Any savings on paying taxes is good in my book!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 11 years ago

Susan, The basics works for the initial meeting with the appraisal district, but once you go for the appraisal review board or arbitration, you need more than the basics, and a home owner needs to spend a little in order to $ave a LOT...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago