Top 3 Common Tax Assessment Misconceptions

Virtually no one likes paying taxes, but even if you don’t like writing that check to your state government, the IRS, or your local tax board, it’s important to understand property taxes, as well as some common misconceptions. Don’t risk paying more than your fair share of property taxes by simply accepting the number that the local tax board expects …

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Texas Property Tax News You Need to Know

Discussion of tax rates often revolve around income tax and sales tax, but recent discussion within the Texas government has focused on property tax rates around the state. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick spent time as a senator trying to halt property tax increases but was unsuccessful against the strong lobbying efforts of various cities and counties around the state. However, …

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Property Tax Consulting: Homestead Exemption

In a previous blog I discussed one of the common ways to reduce the taxable assessment on your real estate, which is to file a protest with the Appraisal Review Board. Every county in Texas will hear hundreds of protests every year and many property owners will walk away with a lower assessment. However, filing an appeal isn’t the only …

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Property Tax Assessment Appeals

As the economy improves, the real estate market improves as well.  On a national level, Texas continues to rank as one of the best state economies.  There are various factors that contribute to the Texas economy but affordable housing and a relative low‐cost of living are prime factors.  Texans reap many benefits to this growing economy.  One benefit is the …

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Property taxes in Texas–What are they, and how do I lower them?

Property Taxes 101: For those of you who are not current homeowners or have ever owned your own home, consider this your “Taxes 101″ online course. If you have owned a home before, enjoy this brief refresher on ways to lower your property taxes in Texas. Before we look into ways to lower your property taxes, let’s see what happens …

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Texas Property Tax Statements

In Texas and the Dallas / Fort Worth metro area, as we approach October 1st, there are many things that make this a great time of the year:  the temperature drops below 90 degrees; the State Fair of Texas opens in Dallas; high school, college and pro football is underway; and property tax statements begin to appear in your mailbox.  …

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