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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...
By eg blogger on 5/26/2012 12:31 PM

The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) released a report titled “Equal and Uniforma...sort-of” analyzing the results of performance audits in all the central appraisal districts across Texas.  The report, compiled the outcomes of reviews of local appraisal districts performed by the Property Tax Assistance Division (PTAD) of the State Comptroller’s Office. The study was done under a requirement in House Bill 8, which was passed into law three years ago.  The final review showed many districts were still far behind:  and specifically that 9.5% of districts lacked current maps, 9.1% did not have written procedures, and 16.2% had appraisal values that could not be reproduced.

By eg blogger on 5/24/2012 6:00 AM

Time is running out for valuation protests on Notices of Value from Appraisal Review Boards.  According to Texas Tax Code § 41.44, the deadline to file a Notice of Protest to the Appraisal Review Board is May 31 or thirty days from the date the Notice of Assessed Value is delivered, whichever is later.  Since most Appraisal Districts submit their notices well before May 1, the deadline to file a Notice of Protest is running out for most property owners.  For a free consultation regarding the value of your property, feel free to contact one of our attorneys.

By eg blogger on 5/23/2012 10:06 AM
According to a recent article in the Dallas Business Journal, Dallas County has seen an overall increase in property tax assessment by about 5%.  Although the protest season is just about to begin, the expectations are that the values should not be reduced to a point that results in an increased tax rate for the county.  However, only time will tell what the final values will be.

For more information on this or any other post, please contact us.

Estes & Gandhi, P.C. 
By eg blogger on 5/18/2012 8:07 AM

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Garland Chamber of Commerce Business Expo held on May 30th, 2012 from noon to 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to all members and non-members.  The Expo will be held at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center in Garland, Texas.  We will provide information about the property tax services Estes & Gandhi provides.

For more information about this event, contact Jami Manners at the Garland Chamber of Commerce by phone at 469-326-7477 or by email at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Estes & Gandhi, P.C.

By eg blogger on 5/17/2012 8:00 AM

Last Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Encore Capital Group, Inc. announced their acquisition of Propel-Financial Services, LLC.  Encore purchased Propel for an estimated $187 million.  Propel will retain its name and Texas operations, and a seamless transition is being promised to its current customers.

By eg blogger on 5/16/2012 8:00 AM

A recent analysis by the American-Statesmen found that Travis County has kept millions of dollars over several years from taxpayers that have accidentally overpaid their property taxes.  Because many individuals and companies pay property taxes at the last possible moment, many invoices are overpaid or paid by two separate entities.  Although most taxing authorities take reasonable measures to refund the overpayments, the American-Statesmen found that the Travis County Tax Office took fewer steps than other taxing entities in the region.

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