March 26, 2015

Media Contact: Justin Concepcion
Office: 713-274-8021
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Property Appraisals Hitting Mailboxes

Mike Sullivan reminds ways to lower tax burden

With new appraisal notices from the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) hitting mailboxes, Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan reminds residents of ways they can reduce their tax burden.

“Harris County residents may be seeing some sticker shock as they are now receiving their appraisal notice from HCAD,” said Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan. “I want to remind taxpayers, especially new homeowners who have relocated to our area of ways to save money on their upcoming tax bill, by applying for exemptions and protesting their values.”

Exemptions are the easiest way property owners can lower their tax burden. “When you receive your notice, check to see if you’re receiving the proper exemptions,” said Mr. Sullivan. “If you forgot to apply for your homestead exemption last year, you can apply for both 2014 and 2015 tax years and once approved, you could receive a refund for last year’s 2014 bill.”

Most common exemptions:
- Residential Homestead – Taxpayer owns and lives in the home on January 1st
- Over-65 – Taxpayer is over the age of 65 and lives in the home
- Disability Homestead – Taxpayer has a qualifying disability
- Veterans Exemptions – 100% disability, partial disability and many others

Texas law allows property owners to protest their value if they feel it is too high. “You can apply online through HCAD (www.hcad.org) or fill out and send the form included in your appraisal notice,” said Mr. Sullivan. “Be sure to provide as much information as possible on the protest form, whether it’s about similar properties in your neighborhood or changes made on your property or land. All of this will aid in your protest and may lower the value, which will lower your property tax bill at the end of the year.”

Visit www.hcad.org to view and apply for all property tax exemptions. Taxpayers can also contact the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office by phone at (713) 274-8000 or email at tax.office@hctx.net.