Ann Harris Bennett
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector

Harris County Property Tax

Overview

One of the primary responsibilities of the Office of Ann Harris Bennett, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, is to levy, collect and disburse property taxes. Property taxes also are known as ad valorem taxes because the taxes are levied on the value of the property.

The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office Property Tax Division maintains approximately 1.5 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 70 taxing entities including Harris County.

How Property Tax is Determined

The Harris County Appraisal District establishes taxable values. Anything that might change the value, such as an exemption, property description or protest, is handled by the appraisal district. (Go to www.hcad.org for further information.)

When the certified appraisal roll is received from the Harris County Appraisal District, the property values are loaded into the Tax Office's internally developed computer system. The governing body of each taxing unit, the Commissioners Court for the County, sets the tax rate. The certified appraisal roll and the tax rates are used to levy the current property taxes in October/November of each year. Tax statements are then printed and mailed to property owners and mortgage companies. Most tax payments are mailed to a lockbox at the County depository. There the payment documents are scanned, and the checks are deposited and recorded. Thereafter, the Tax Office disburses the taxes collected to the various taxing entities for which it serves as collector.

Property Tax Payments

The Tax Office accepts property tax payments online, by telephone, by mail or in person. Persons paying property taxes may use multiple and any combination of credit cards or multiple e-checks to pay their taxes. Partial payments are accepted and will reduce any penalty and interest owed.

Current taxes that remain unpaid on February 1 of the calendar year following the tax year become delinquent and are assessed penalty and interest. Business personal property taxes that remain delinquent may incur an additional collection fee of 15-20% after April 1st. Real property delinquent taxes incur the additional collection fee of 15-20% on July 1.

How to Read Your Tax Bills

How to Read Your Tax Bills

CONTACT THE HARRIS COUNTY TAX OFFICE
Main Telephone Number:
713-274-8000
Military Help Desk:
713-274- HERO (4376)
Hours:
Downtown and Branch Offices normal hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM

Location of Branch Offices:
All branch locations can be found on our homepage
Customer Service E-mail Address:
tax.office@hctx.net (Tax and auto questions)
Automobile Title/License:
Ann Harris Bennett Tax Assessor-Collector
P.O. Box 4089 Houston, Texas 77210-4089

Property Tax Payments:
Ann Harris Bennett Tax Assessor-Collector
P.O. Box 4622 Houston, Texas 77210-4622
Property Tax Correspondence:
Ann Harris Bennett Tax Assessor-Collector
P.O. Box 4663 Houston, Texas 77210-4663

Open Government

In our commitment to open government, we invite open records requests in writing. Click here to access an Open Records Request form.
Once you have completed the form listing the requested information, you may mail it to:
Harris County Tax Office,
P.O. Box 2109.
Houston, Texas 77210-2109.

Please do not include open records requests with any other Tax Office correspondence.