Taxes in Texas! How they work...


Not the most FUN topic to discuss, but an important one nonetheless. Especially given that each state does things just a little bit differently, it's good to know how real estate taxes are handled in the area you are moving to.

Here are how things work in the Great State of Texas!

*Property owners in Texas are required to pay property taxes on real estate and income-producing personal property.

*Some taxing jurisdictions, such as the City of Dallas, also tax personal automobiles.

*Your property is taxed by a county, city and school district. The determination of property values is the responsibility of an appraisal district. Contact the appraisal district in your Texas county to find out which jurisdictions tax your property.

Tax Calendar:

January 1 - Application for tax exemptions may be submitted to the appraisal district after this date. You can find these forms online - just visit your county's appraisal district website.

April 30 - Exemption applications are due. 

April - May - Due to passage of HB 2228 during the 2017 Texas Legislature, changes were made to the property tax protest filing deadline; the protest deadline was changed to May 15 from May 31, or 30 days after the delivery of the Notice of Appraised Value, whichever is later. Property owners and agents should start receiving appraisal notices, from Collin Central Appraisal District, for the 2018 tax year around April 15th.

July/August- Appraisal review board meets to hear appeals regarding property values or exemption status.

August/September - Adoption of the tax rate for the current year by each taxing jurisdiction.

September/October - Tax bills are mailed to property owners.

January 31 of the FOLLOWING YEAR - Last day to pay taxes without incurring any penalties or interest.


TIP: If you need help fighting your property values, contact a REALTOR. They can help provide you with some comparable properties that may support a lower value. I've found that the BEST time to contest high property values is the year after you purchase the property. Simply bring your closing statement showing that you paid a LOWER amount than the proposed value, and you'll have a strong piece of evidence in contesting your taxes.