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By eg blogger on 5/31/2016 12:41 PM
Property owners can file a notice of protest until the later of May 31 or the 30th day after the Notice of Appraised Value was delivered to the property owner (See Texas Tax Code Section 41.44(a)(2)).  If you received your Notice of Appraised Value on or before May 1, 2016, that means your deadline is today, May 31, 2016.
By eg blogger on 5/18/2016 8:51 AM
Few people would ignore notices by mail from the IRS or their mortgage company, but many do not pay attention to notices sent by appraisal districts, local taxing authorities, or local courts.  This story from the Fort Worth Star Telegram illustrates what can go wrong when a property owner either disregards or does not receive these important notices.
By eg blogger on 5/6/2016 8:49 AM

Some property owners have been confused by information printed on their Notices of Appraised Value.  Specifically, the deadline to file a protest has been listed before May 31, sometimes as early as as May 2.  We have heard of this happening in many counties across the state, and we have fielded a lot of calls over the past week from owners who were concerned that their filing deadline was imminent or had already passed.  

Practically speaking, the deadline to file a protest is the later of May 31 or 30 days after the notice was delivered.  Unfortunately, the Texas Tax Code is unclear because it lists differing deadlines depending on whether the property is a residence homestead or not (See Texas Tax Code Section 41.44 (a)(1) and (a)(2)).  It requires filing protests for residence homesteads before May 1 or within 30 days after delivery, and protests for all other types of property are...
By eg blogger on 2/22/2013 3:05 PM

The Kaufman Herald recently posted an article notifying its residents that there is a scam mailing going into Kaufman County resident’s mailboxes that claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) referring to past due property taxes.  If you have received any similar notices, feel free to discard and ignore them.  Any past due notices will come either from the Kaufman County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office or Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP (the county’s delinquent tax lawfirm).  If you are still unsure of whether or not the mailing is proper, feel free to contact the Kaufman County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office or you can contact us to help determine the authenticity of the notice.

Estes & Gandhi, P.C.

By eg blogger on 2/13/2013 10:44 AM

Although the majority of the attention of Judge John Dietz’s ruling on the School Finance Lawsuit revolves around the inadequate funding by the legislators for schools, an overlooked (but equally important in our opinion) ruling is that the state legislators have created a “de facto” statewide property tax.

By eg blogger on 10/15/2012 4:33 PM

Texas is considering making some changes to the tax code soon that will possibly make a statewide sales tax replace the current local property tax. Although most people agree that the current tax system has its share of negatives, any tax code comparison only makes sense looking at the alternatives.  Currently, the tax system changes are focused on either expanding sales tax, recreating and expanding the business margins tax, or implementing a state income tax.  Although each of the alternatives do provide benefits, they also come at costs.  Whether or not those benefits and costs outweigh the current system is a determination for the Texas Legislature.

By eg blogger on 10/12/2012 7:12 AM

Potter County sent out incorrect tax bills due to a “computer glitch” that effectively raised the values and tax bills for 290 properties.  Once found, Potter County has promptly fixed the statements and intends to send a corrected tax bill today or Monday.  For those property owners that have already paid based on the higher amount, a refund will be granted.  For more information on this matter, please check out this article from or contact us.

Estes & Gandhi, P.C.

By eg blogger on 6/16/2012 8:01 AM

Some businesses can rest assured now that there is a little more time to spare for filing delinquent tax reports or amend reports and pay taxes due without any penalties or interest. Between June 12th and August 17th, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts will waive penalties and interest for qualifying businesses to take care of their taxes due. This amnesty is available for all state and local taxes and fees administered by the Comptroller's office but the Comptroller has also made it clear that this amnesty does not apply to property taxes because those are collected by separate Texas entities, such as school districts and cities.

By eg blogger on 6/15/2012 10:08 AM
In terms of job creation, the Lone Star State is on the right track so far this year.  According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas employers added 10,300 new jobs just in the month of April.

However, government jobs have shown to be the only industry in Texas with the worst layoffs, as government payrolls keep cutting back as part of a statewide budget cut. According to Federal Reserve Senior Economist, Keith Philips, the letdown in 2011 was the loss of local and state government jobs, especially teacher positions, he said. Fifteen percent of Texas jobs are tied to local and state governments. Budget cuts just in the last year dropped the number of those jobs by 4.4 percent, Phillips said. And according to the May 2012 Monthly Report of the Texas Economy by Ali Anari and Mark Dotzour for the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center, “all Texas industries had more jobs in April 2012 than in April 2011 but the state’s government...
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