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About Our Property Tax Team

"I have put together the best talent in the property tax industry with 10 decades of direct experience at the County Appraisal Districts and over 225 years total cutting property tax bills in Texas. BTA’s experienced team of State Licensed Senior Property Tax Consultants, Property Tax Consultants, and Customer Service Professionals have earned an A+ rating at the BBB. We know how to fight your property taxes!"   The Taxman

The in-depth, multi-year experience of our talented team enables BTA to understand and successfully work in and around an array of commercial, industrial, and residential enterprises. BTA's breadth of experience enables our consultants to successfully represent our client's properties at the respective County Appraisal Districts where our customers' properties are located.

Mr. Paul Bettencourt,
Chief Executive Officer

Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC was formed in 2009 to bring Paul's knowledge of property taxes and his years of both public and business experience to the private sector. He spent ten years leading the Harris County Tax Office as the elected Tax Assessor-Collector in the nation's third largest county. As the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul managed nearly 500 employees who provided property tax services to millions of local residents in Harris County, and who collected 5 billion dollars a year for 65 local taxing jurisdictions, the county and the State of Texas.

Paul Bettencourt received the "Taxpayer Advocate of the Year" award from the Americans For Prosperity and many other recognitions of his statewide effort to reduce property tax increases for all Texas taxpayers. Through Paul's leadership at the Tax Office, his team developed a Customer Service driven organization which started with an extensive website that included online tax bills, and then the first Online Automotive Registration and Property Tax Payment System in Texas. The Harris County Tax Office became the first County Tax Office in Texas to bring automation in all areas of Tax Office operations by replacing all of its core business systems in Property Tax Collection, Automotive Registration, and Voter Registration with 21st Century State of the Art Systems which quickly became industry standards. It was because of his implementation of Technology, "Smart Government" policies, and Best Business Practices that the Tax Office was able to increase the number of Taxing Jurisdictions it served from 44 to 65 during his tenure while keeping his yearly 25 million dollar operating budget flat over his decade long term of service.

His resume prior to taking public office included providing consulting services for clients in Industry and Government, serving as V.P. of Sales and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Industrial Systems' Chemical, Oil and Gas Division of a large multinational firm where he oversaw an annual sales budget of $100 million and managing national accounts in the robotics industry both nationwide and abroad. Now, Paul brings the same customer service effort, technology experience, and Best Business Practices to his team at Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC where his decades of experience in property tax services, industrial/commercial sales, and marketing management will make a real difference for taxpayers.


Mr. Mark Bettencourt,
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bettencourt spent his career in the financial and real estate industries initially as a vice president with Texas Commerce Bancshares, then vice president of a national real estate investment services and consulting firm. With the wealth of experience and knowledge gained through his employment in the banking and real estate investment industries, Mark opened his own firm, Bettencourt & Associates, providing real estate investment and consulting services to private, corporate, and institutional concerns. His career has allowed Mark to get involved in many aspects of the commercial real estate business, including new business development, property evaluations, investment analysis, market analysis, marketing and contract negotiations for the acquisition, sale, and financing of office, retail, industrial, multi-family residential, and other commercial property projects. In addition he was involved in asset management of commercial real estate portfolios negotiation of loan restructurings (individually and as a team leader handling portfolios up to and in excess of $500 million) property due diligence the preparation of investment offerings and the project management and resolution of complex real estate litigation involving environmental issues.

Some of the notable accomplishments of his firm are leading a team to resolve all Brio Superfund litigation of approximately 1,500 tort claims, 600 individual property mortgages, and more managing a client's 950,000 sq. ft. portfolio of Houston-area office buildings successfully renegotiating Marathon Oil Corporation occupancy in what was then the largest office space lease in Houston office building history and the reorganization, refinancing, and oversight of an 80-megawatt cogeneration facility in New York for private interests.

Mark received a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting & Economics from Texas A&M University. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas. In his spare time Mark is actively involved in community service having chaired or been on the board of many prominent organizations including The Gladney Fund The Gladney Center for Adoption The Gladney Cup the Texas A&M University, Lowry Mays College & Graduate School of Business and Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troop 641, one the largest troops in the nation and Holy Spirit Episcopal School.


Our Team

With our years of experience in the ad valorem property tax business, BTA's Property Tax Consultants are exceptional at determining a client's opportunities for tax reductions by studying the evidence submitted or gathered from the client, the BTA Appeal Summary package, and CAD evidence. We strive to understand the individual concerns and carefully analyze properties to determine what approach would be the most advantageous. As we develop your case, using customer evidence, CAD evidence, and our proprietary Sales and Equity Analysis Program, BTA's goal is to determine the best way to maximize savings for you.

BTA's talented Customer Service team strives to provide the type of services clients have come to expect from Bettencourt Tax Advisors. They have years of experience in the property tax industry and can provide assistance in signing up your properties, answering questions, or directing you to our experienced consultants on more complex matters.

Bettencourt Tax Advisors' team of knowledgeable consultants and representatives are available to provide solutions for you today. We are here to help.

If you have Business Personal Property, contact BTA's experienced team. We manage your deadlines for you so your renditions and extensions are filed on time and, if necessary, a protest is filed on your behalf. Our experienced BPP team has worked with business personal property at both the CAD and as consultants. They understand how to work with the appraisal district to resolve issues and reach the correct value on your property. When you sign up they thoroughly review your asset lists to determine the best approach. Go to our Business Personal Property tab for more information on how BTA can save you money.

BTA's Commercial Real Property team, has worked with many different types of customers to lower their property tax valuations. Our team has worked at the CAD and as consultants and understand how to lower your valuation. We have worked successfully in the Apartment, Hotel/Motel, Industrial, Office, and Retail markets and many more. Our success can be attributed to the talent of the individuals on our team and their ability to understand all the aspects of getting a reduction and to work together as a team when needed to resolve issues. BTA's team is the best. Go to our Commercial Real Property tab for more information on how BTA can save you money.

Our home is our most valuable asset and the property taxes we pay on it directly affect our pocketbook. That is why BTA's Residential Property team works diligently to reduce your property tax valuation. Reducing a residential property tax value often requires an understanding of all the parameters that are taken into consideration when the appraisal district arrives at its value. Our residential consultants understand the parameters and work with all the evidence at their disposal to fight for a lower value on your behalf. Go to our Residential Property tab for more information on how BTA can save you money.

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With your county tax number and property address in hand, go to our Account Sign-Up Page and enter the information we need to defend your property. We will be sending you confidential information, so please use a valid e-mail address. If you have more than five properties or are interested in protesting your BPP, please call the office at (713) 263-6100.