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How does the Texas property tax system work?

The property tax system in Texas consists of three main parts:

  1. Appraisal Districts – Each county has an appraisal district which is responsible for establishing the value of property each year.
  2. Appraisal Review Board – This board of citizens hears any disagreements between a property owner and the appraisal district about property valuations.
  3. Local Taxing Units – County, City, School, Junior College, and Special Districts determine the amount of money they will spend by adopting a budget.  Then, they set tax rates that will raise the necessary revenue to fund the budgets.

The property tax year can be broken down into four main parts:

  1. Appraising Taxable Property – A major function of appraisal districts is to determine what your property is worth as of January 1.
  2. Protesting the Appraised Values – The Appraisal Review Board begins to hear protests in mid-May from property owners who believe their property values are incorrect.
  3. Adopting the Tax Rates – Tax Rates are adopted around August or September by the elected officials of each taxing unit.
  4. Collecting the Taxes – Collecting taxes begins around October 1 as tax bills are sent out.  Taxpayers have until January 31 of the following year to pay their taxes.  Penalty and interest begin to accumulate on February 1.
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