How To Calculate Texas Property Tax in 2024

Property taxes are a significant expense for Texas homeowners, and understanding how they work is crucial for budgeting. Calculating your property tax might seem overwhelming, but it’s a straightforward process. Here’s your guide to navigating property taxes in Texas:

Understanding the Basics

Property taxes are an essential source of funding for communities across the country. These taxes are used to support vital services like schools, libraries, fire and police departments, road maintenance, and other public infrastructure.  Understanding the core elements of property taxes can help you budget accordingly and be aware of factors that might influence your tax bill.

Appraised Value

How it’s determined: Your local appraisal district assigns an appraised value to your home. This value is an estimate of how much your property would likely sell for in the current real estate market. 

Appraisers consider factors like recent home sales in your area, the size and condition of your property, and any special features or amenities.

Why it matters: Your property tax bill is directly calculated from your home’s appraised value.  A higher appraised value generally translates to a higher tax bill.

Tax Rate

Set by various entities: Tax rates are determined by the different taxing authorities that cover your area. This includes your county, city, school district, and any special districts (like water or utility districts). Each entity sets a tax rate to generate the revenue needed for its services.

Combined impact: Your total tax rate is a combination of the rates from all the taxing authorities that apply to your property.


Reducing your tax burden: Exemptions are designed to offer tax relief to specific groups of property owners.  Common exemptions include:

  • Homestead exemption: Reduces the taxable value of your primary residence.
  • Over-65 exemption: Offers tax relief to senior homeowners.
  • Disability exemption: Available for homeowners with disabilities.

Make sure to check your local appraisal district’s website or contact them directly to learn about specific exemptions and their eligibility requirements.

Step-by-Step Calculation

  1. Determine Your Appraised Value: Contact your local appraisal district or visit their website to find your property’s appraised value.
  2. Find Your Tax Rates: Visit the websites of your county, city, school district, and other taxing entities to find their current tax rates.
  3. Calculate Total Tax Rate: Add the tax rates for all taxing entities that apply to your property.
  4. Apply Exemptions: Subtract the value of any applicable exemptions from your appraised value.
  5. Calculate Your Tax Bill: Multiply your adjusted appraised value (after exemptions) by the total tax rate (expressed as a decimal).


Assume your home’s appraised value in 2024 is $300,000, and you qualify for a $25,000 homestead exemption. Here’s a sample calculation:

  1. Adjusted Appraised Value: $300,000 – $25,000 = $275,000
  2. Total Tax Rate (Example): 2.4%
  3. Property Tax Bill: $275,000 x 0.024 = $6,600

Important Considerations

Tax rates can change each year, so it’s essential to check with your property tax consultant for updates. 

Deadlines: Texas property taxes are typically due by January 31st of the following year.

New Law for 2024 and Beyond

Texas recently passed a law capping increases in taxable value for properties under $5 million. This “circuit breaker” could decrease your tax bill in 2024, 2025 and 2026.

Tools and Resources

County Appraisal Districts

Find your local appraisal district’s website for property value and tax information. Many counties and appraisal districts also offer online property tax calculators for estimates.

Texas Comptroller’s Website

Visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for statewide property tax information.

Call on Hegwood Group for Expert Tax Guidance

Understanding how property taxes work can help you budget effectively. Always remember to contact your local appraisal district or tax assessor’s office for the most up-to-date information and assistance if needed.

While property taxes can seem complex, understanding the basic principles empowers you to make informed financial decisions. By being aware of your property’s appraised value, tax rates, and eligible exemptions, you can plan accordingly.  Remember, Texas property tax laws are subject to change, so staying informed is essential.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the details of property taxes or want specialized advice, the Hegwood Group is here to simplify the process. Our experienced property tax consultants can help you:

  • Understand your property tax assessments
  • Identify potential tax exemptions and tax savings opportunities
  • Navigate the tax appeals process, if necessary

Don’t let property tax concerns keep you up at night. The Hegwood Group in Dallas, Texas can help you take control of your property tax situation and maximize your savings. Contact us today!