2019 Appraisal Values on the Rise
Property appraisals are way up! 82% of homes are higher in Harris county; up 11% on aerage. Commercial values are up 15% and apartments are not getting a free lunch, they are getting eaten for lunch at a 25% increase. Protest your property taxes! The Taxman says Do it Now! Sign up today or call us at 713.263.6100.
2018 Texas Property Tax Deadlines Change
Protesting your property taxes every year offers a great opportunity to save money. In Texas, property taxes represent approximately 40% of total business taxes. This is a large component of expenses that can be challenged and changed. It is important to note that key property tax deadlines have moved up two weeks because of tax code changes passed during Texas’ 85th legislative session. Two deadlines critical to keep track of are:
April 1st Rendition Filing Deadline
Renditions must be filed annually on any Business Personal Property (BPP) located in Texas. BPP can include computers, furniture, fixtures, vehicles, vessels, machinery & equipment, and inventory depending on the type of business you are in. 10% penalties on your property taxes will be incurred if Business Personal Property tax renditions, or extension requests, are not filed by April 1st.
May 15th Property Tax Protest Deadline
Protests for Business Personal Property and Property must be filed by May 15th (or, 30 days from the postmarked date on the “Notice of Appraised Value”) to be able to fight your property tax valuations in hearings at your local appraisal district. Real Property for many businesses refers to real estate. But, if you are in the industrial market it can include pipelines, docks, and tank farms, as well. When approaching property tax valuations in any market, it is important to know all the ins and outs of the Texas Property Tax Code. Applying the right exemption or using the right depreciation schedule can make a big difference in the size of your property tax reduction. You must meet these deadlines to be able to fight for lower property tax valuations. Remember, every million dollars in aggregate appraised value reductions generally generates approximately $25,000 in property tax savings.
Paul “The Taxman” Bettencourt, President/CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC (www.btanow.com), has an experienced state licensed senior property tax team with over 250 years in the industry and has invested in state of the art technology to support property tax reductions for our customers.
IRS Guidelines will not allow future property tax deductions
See In The News
Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $ 200 Billion in devastation throughout much of Southeast Texas. We were all touched by this storm in some way.
If you experienced property damage due to Hurricane Harvey please be aware that regardless of whether a mass reappraisal is triggered for flood damaged properties for the rest of 2017, your property’s 2018 property tax assessment will still be set on January 1st, as it is every year.
UNREPAIRED DAMAGES to your property as of January1, 2018 will be prime evidence for your 2018 property tax hearings. Pictures of flooded property, exterior water lines, etc. in the wake of Harvey is visual evidence that is very useful too! Ongoing discussions in the wake of Harvey about new flood maps for neighborhoods affected by flooding is also an important issue!
This is the type of evidence that can be used in hearings to reduce your 2018 value:
- DATE STAMPED PHOTOGRAPHS – Provide photos of flood damage to your property and structure at the time of the flood and ongoing repair work not completed as of January 1, 2018
- INSURANCE ESTIMATE – If you have insurance and have filed a claim, send us a copy of the adjuster’s estimate
- QUOTES/INVOICES/RECEIPTS – Send us any documentation for planned or completed repairs related to flood damage
- American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Documentation related to flood damage
- ENGINEERING REPORT – related to flood damage
If you are a customer please remember to refer to your BTA-ID and Property Address on any information submitted. We will only use the evidence that will help you in a hearing.
If you have any other property tax questions or concerns, please contact my:
Account sign-up for 2017 hearings
Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC on-line account sign-up for 2017 commercial and residential hearings has been extended through midnight Monday, May 30th for Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery counties. My BTA Team has had great results in the early hearings. Don't miss out, sign up today!
Please go to the sign up page and follow the directions.
Do you think your property tax value should be lower than your Appraisal Review Board (ARB) hearing result?
You can still litigate or arbitrate your property tax value.
To watch a video about BTA's Litigation and Arbitration Services, click on the link below:
"Taxman's" Tip: Litigation and Arbitration Video
To learn more about the Litigation and Arbitration process, read Paul's article from the September 2016 edition of REDNews by clicking on the box below.
"Taxman's" Article on Litigation and Arbitration
REDNews, Your Commercial Real Estate Marketing Source, September 2016, p. 20
Litigation and Arbitration are a Viable 3rd Step in the Property Appeal Process
The clock is ticking... You only have 45 days to file Arbitration, or 60 days to file Litigation, from the date of your ARB Final Order!
Did you get a bad result at your county appraisal district ARB hearing?
- Filing a Judicial Appeal or Arbitration can save you nearly 10% more on average!
- BTA has specialized in Litigation and Arbitration for the past 5 years.
- BTA's Senior Property Tax Consultants and Tax Agents are especially trained in the BTA Way on Judicial Appeal Methods to save you money on your tax bills.
Sign up with the best Arbitration and Litigation Teams in the business!
Late Sign-ups are now open on line for Harris County properties only. Please proceed to the sign-up page and follow the directions to sign up!
Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC (BTA) will be accepting on line sign-ups for residential and commercial properties in Harris County only. Please go to the sign up page and follow the directions.
If you would like to sign-up a commercial property only in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery counties, contact CommercialServices@btanow.com
2016 is seeing property tax valuations increase around the state.
Taxpayers have had the opportunity to let their voices be heard at the Texas State Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief. Go to http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/commit/c632/c632.htm to view videos of past meetings around the state including the hearing on May 10th held at the University of Houston with over 600 citizens and government representatives in attendance. It was revealed at the May 10th Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reduction hearing that 2015 property tax final valuations in Harris County increased an astonishing 28.6% overall from the previous year.
As you may know, property tax valuations increased throughout the Houston metro area in 2016. The residential property value increases in many neighborhoods are in the 3-11% range with over half of Harris County affected. The commercial sector is seeing across the board increases close to 20% on noticed value for the third year in a row. In the surrounding counties, expect to see continued increases in property tax valuations. Galveston County has already shown significant increases in beachside property and condominium noticed values. Property tax valuations are continuing to go up and BTA's experienced team is already at the appraisal districts fighting to reduce these values.
Average Percent Change by Market Area 2016: View Map
Heat Map-Concentrations of Recent Residential Sales 2016: View Map
Boom, Recession, Recovery 2007-2016 for Residential Properties: View PDF
Boom, Recession, Recovery 2007-2016 for Commercial Properties: View PDF
2015 Harris County property tax valuations are increasing for a larger base of property owners than in 2007!
Both residential and commercial property owners will feel the effects throughout Harris County. For graphic representations of these increases go to the HCAD links below.
2015 Harris County Residential properties are up for nearly 90% of the homes in Harris County. Sales have been strongest for homes in the $80,000 - $500,000 range, as well as in neighborhoods with highly ranked schools.
Average Percent Change by Market Area: http://gis.hcad.org/2015/Percent_Change.aspx
Heat Map_Concentrations of Recent Residential Sales_January 1,2014 through January 31,2015: http://gis.hcad.org/2015/Sales.aspx
Boom, Recession, Recovery 2007-2015 for Residential Properties: http://gis.hcad.org/2015/9yrs3sRes4_7_15Sm.pdf
2015 Harris County Commercial Property Reappraisals have continued their climb in property tax valuations: APARTMENTS UP 22% OFFICES UP 12% RETAIL UP 21% WAREHOUSES UP 23% LAND UP 23%
Boom, Recession, Recovery 2007-2015 for Commercial Properties: http://gis.hcad.org/2015/9yrs3sCom4_7_15Sm.pdf