Mike Sullivan
Tax Assessor-Collector

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Installment Payment Plan For Disaster Victims

In accordance with Section 31.032 of the Property Tax Code, taxpayers who sustained property damage as a result of a declared natural disaster may be eligible to split their property tax payments into 4 equal interest free installments, to be paid in full by July 31st.

Qualifications

This only applies to taxes imposed between the date of the disaster and exactly one year after that date for tangible personal property that is owned or leased by a business entity or real property that:

  1. Is either:
    1. the residence homestead of the owner or consists of property that is used for residential purposes and that has fewer than five living units; or
    2. owned or leased by a business entity that had not more than the amount calculated as provided by Subsection (h) in gross receipts in the entity's most recent federal tax year or state franchise tax annual period, according to the applicable federal income tax return or state franchise tax report of the entity;
  2. is located in a declared disaster area; and
  3. has been damaged as a direct result of the disaster.

Requirements

By January 31st, you must provide:

  1. Payment in the amount of at least one-fourth (25%) of the total amount of taxes due
  2. A completed “Request for Installment Agreement for Taxes on Property in Disaster Area” form obtained from the Tax Office.
  3. Proof of the property damage in the form of insurance claims; photographs of damage, copy of repair estimate or paid invoices.

Note: You will be notified if the request is not approved.

Payments

  1. The remaining taxes, after the first installment, may be paid without penalty or interest as follows:
    1. The second installment must be paid by March 31st.
    2. The third installment must be paid by May 31st.
    3. The fourth installment must be paid by July 31st.
  2. If you pay more than the amount due for an installment, then the excess will be credited to the next installment.
  3. If payment is not made before the deadline (delinquency date), the unpaid amount of the specific installment payment due is delinquent and incurs a penalty of 6% and interest as provided by Section 33.01(c) of the Property Tax Code.

For inquiries regarding Installment Payment Plans for Disaster Victims, call 713-274-8120.

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2014-2015 Property Tax Calendar
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January 1, 2015Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) determines appraised value and exemption status for property taxes for the 2015 tax year, with the exception of disability and over-65 exemptions.
February 2, 2015 Since January 31st falls on a Saturday, the regular deadline for 2015 is extended to the next business day of February 2nd.
This is the last day to pay 2014 property taxes without incurring delinquent penalty and interest.
This also is the last date to notify our office in writing to request a quarter payment plan and make the first payment without incurring late fees.
The quarter payment plan is for accounts with an over-65, disability homestead exemption, or qualified disabled veteran or surviving spouse exemption.
February 3, 2015 Penalty and interest charges begin to accrue on unpaid taxes for the 2014 tax year. The combined penalty and interest rates rate begin at 7% on February 3rd and increases each month that the payment remains unpaid, capping at 18% in July.
Taxpayers can enter into installment agreements on current tax year (2014) delinquent taxes only for non-homestead residential property and for any delinquent tax year on residential homestead property.
March 2, 2015 Since February 28th falls on a Saturday, the regular deadline for 2015 is extended to the next business day of March 2nd.
This is the final day to notify our office in writing to request a quarter payment plan and make the first payment. However a late fee will be incurred.
The quarter payment plan is for accounts with an over-65, disability homestead exemption, or qualified disabled veteran or surviving spouse exemption.
March 31, 2015This is the last day to make the second payment on quarter payment plans for accounts with over-65 and disability homestead exemption, or qualified disabled veteran or surviving spouse exemption. Payment after this date will incur a late fee.
April 3, 2015This is the last day to pay business personal property accounts that received section 33.11 notices before the accounts are turned over to the delinquent collection attorneys.
April 4, 2015The Harris County Tax Office turns over for collection all delinquent business personal property accounts on this date. Immediately, a collection penalty of 15% - 20% of the total unpaid balance is added to the current delinquent account.
June 1, 2015This is the last day to make the third payment on quarter payment plans for accounts with over-65 and disability homestead exemption, or qualified disabled veteran or surviving spouse exemption. Payment after this date will incur a late fee.
This is also the last day to file a notice of protest with the Harris County Appraisal District for the 2015 tax year.
June 30, 2015This is the last day to enter into an installment agreement with the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office to pay the current tax year’s delinquent taxes for non-homestead residential accounts.
July 1, 2015The Harris County Tax Office turns over for collection all delinquent real property accounts on this date. A collection penalty of 15%-20% of the total unpaid balance is also added to the current tax year delinquent account.
July 31, 2015This is the last day to make the final payment on quarter payment plans for accounts with over-65 and disability homestead exemption, or qualified disabled veteran or surviving spouse exemption. Payment after this date will incur a late fee.
August 31, 2015The last day to file a name and/or address change with HCAD in order for the changes to be shown on the original tax roll for the 2015 billing year.
October 2015The 2015 tax year begins: Certification of property values, adoption of tax rates, Truth-in-Taxation, and property tax assessment.
October 17, 2015Last day to sign up for a 2015 e-Bill with the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.
November 2015The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office begins delivering the 2015 tax bills to real and business personal property owners and agents.
November 2015Last day to make property tax payment for federal income tax deduction purposes. Payments must be sent in time to receive a December postmark or receipt date by a third party carrier or, if made online or via the telephone, the transaction must be completed before midnight, Central Standard time.