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Residential Property Tax Services

Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC has the TALENT, TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY, and TRACK RECORD to reduce your property tax bills. Click on the link below to learn more about it.

"Taxman’s" Tip: How BTA Can Reduce Your Property Taxes

To sign up your residential or commercial property please proceed to the sign-up page and follow the directions!

Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC (BTA) is currently accepting on line sign-ups for residential and commercial properties in Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery Counties only. 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?

  • Filing a Judicial Appeal or Arbitration can further reduce your  property tax valuation!
  • BTA has specialized in 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.


The "Taxman's" professional team is ready to protest your 2016 property taxes! 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 my experienced team is already at the appraisal districts fighting to reduce these values!

"Since it was first introduced, BTA's Market Cap Reduction Program was very successful for BTA customers by industry norms."

The esteemed Ben Franklin used to say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." BTA introduced the Market Cap Reduction Program in 2014 to offer our customers the opportunity to lower their market cap. (Market Cap = Preliminary Market Value - Preliminary Appraised Value) With market cap values up in some neighborhoods, any reduction in market cap gives a homeowner the advantage of having a lower final value from which any potential increases may be calculated next year. A lower 2016 final value is important because the appraisal districts use mass appraisals every year to calculate property valuations in neighborhoods. When using the mass appraisal approach a standardized percentage increase is assigned to the property tax valuations of homes in a neighborhood. The more BTA's team can reduce your property valuation this year the lower your value will be next year when 2017's mass appraisal increase goes into effect and is applied to the previous year's (2016) final value.

The Market Cap Reduction Program is the ounce of prevention that Harris County homeowners need in cases where they may be facing an excessive market cap valuation increase. This program gives you the opportunity to lower your market cap at a very low cost of $2.50 for every $1000 reduction in market cap. (If the reduction goes below the capped amount the invoice will reflect the higher of the market cap amount or standard contingency fee.) An example of why the market cap program is so important: a large $40,000 reduction in market cap would only cost $100 this year, but without the reduction you may pay as much as $1000 more on your property tax bill every year. That is why it has every year is a must year to protest escalating market values in 2016!

Existing customers with capped accounts were given the opportunity to opt out of this program with an inactive/non-protest status, if they chose to do so prior to the 2016 hearing season.

We believe that "It's All About the Taxpayers". Paul Bettencourt's team of State Licensed Senior Property Tax Consultants, Property Tax Consultants, and Customer Service Representatives are committed to helping you reduce your property tax liability. As a full service property tax firm for the residential property taxpayer, BTA offers you products and services that best meet your needs.

Residential Property Tax Services Include:

  • File Property Tax Protests
  • Market & Sales Analysis
  • Equity Assessment Program
  • Attending Informal & Formal Hearings
  • Arbitration Services
  • Litigation Support & Management
  • Resolve Exemption Issues

Paul Bettencourt has assembled a great Property Tax Consultant team that has the TALENT, TECHNOLOGY, TOOLS & TRACK RECORD to provide excellent service and outstanding results on your Residential, Commercial, and Business Personal Property accounts.

Talent & Track Record "I have the best team of Senior Property Tax Consultants licensed by the State of Texas in the industry. We had a great year in 2015 reducing our customers' appraised property values by hundreds of millions of dollars. 2016 will be even better. Join us now!" said Paul Bettencourt, Former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and CEO/Owner of BTA. Our Property Tax Consultants have over 225 years of experience in the property tax business, including over 100 years of actual work experience at county appraisal districts. The BTA team knows how to cut your property tax bills. Don't miss out on this chance to lower your value. Protest now!

Tools & Technology Property tax hearing success can depend on evidence presented. Bettencourt Tax Advisors' Appeal Summary is a unique property analysis package that will show both a Sales & Market comparable plus a Uniform & Equal Property comparison on a selected home or commercial property, as well as a graphical map showing where the subject and comparable properties are located. This proprietary program has a proven track record at informal and formal hearings as it shows evidence to fight appraisal district value increases.

Pretty cool technology from "The Taxman”! Go to the welcome page to see an example of BTA's Appeal Summary package. For our customers who own Commercial Property, we also offer expanded GIS maps that provide geographical appraised values and other comparable information on the subject property and each surrounding property in a preselected area. It's impressive! Come visit us today.

Sign-Up Today

SIGN-UP NOW, the protest deadline is fast approaching. Go to the Sign-Up tab above and follow the prompts.

Sign-up with Bettencourt Tax Advisors today. An Appeal Summary will be included with your evidence package in the property tax hearing(s) for your residential or commercial property. Appeal Summary programs are available for Harris, Galveston, Montgomery, and Fort Bend counties.

SIGN-UP NOW, the protest deadline is fast approaching. Go to Sign-Up tab above and follow the prompts.

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!

Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC (BTA) is currently accepting on line sign-ups for residential and commercial properties in Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery Counties. 

Please go to the sign up page and follow the directions.

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