ARB Hearings2021-12-04T07:07:10-06:00

APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD (ARB) HEARINGS

The Travis Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is an independent group of citizens authorized to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district. The ARB sits in panels of three to hear testimony and review evidence to determine property owner protests that were not resolved during the informal process.

During an ARB hearing, both a property owner and a representative from the appraisal district will present their evidence and take questions from a panel of ARB members. Following this presentation, the panel will make a decision regarding the protest. Hearings typically last 15 to 20 minutes. Approximately three to four weeks after the hearing, the property owner will receive a Notice of Final Order via certified mail.

The ARB hearing process will begin in June 2021. Property owners will be allowed to participate in their hearings in several ways:

By phone: Property owners will be allowed to present their case via a telephone hearing. Instructions are available for property owners that wish to take advantage of remote screen sharing during a telephone hearing. 
By affidavit: Property owners will be allowed to submit their evidence and arguments by written affidavit.
In person: If requested, property owners will be allowed to attend an in-person hearing at TCAD’s office.

Property owners will be required to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols while inside the facilities.

The Travis ARB will contact property owners with information on their scheduled hearing date and time at least 15 days before their scheduled hearing. That notification will also contain information on how to attend a phone hearing, submit an affidavit, or request an in-person hearing.

Property owners who wish to appeal the decision of the ARB may do so in binding arbitration or District Court.

FILE YOUR PROTEST ONLINE

FORMS

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MANAGING YOUR PROTEST ONLINE

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can someone else represent me during my protest?2021-01-20T13:14:04-06:00

Yes. If the person you are authorizing is not a co-owner listed on the deed and is a licensed property tax consultant (also called an agent), you must provide written authorization on the Comptroller’s mandated Authorization of Agent form. It must be , signed by you, the property owner, naming the person to represent you. The person you select should be able to discuss the property from personal knowledge and should file the form as soon as possible. At the very least, the person must bring the appropriate form to the ARB hearing.

If the person you wish to represent you is not a licensed property tax consultant, there must be some legal authorization that allows the person to speak on your behalf (power of attorney or licensed attorney). Similarly, the person you select should be able to discuss the property from personal knowledge.

You may bring someone with you to the hearing that can speak during the hearing. However in this circumstance you must be present to identify on the record that the person is speaking on your behalf.

When will I get my notice about a formal hearing?2020-11-30T19:04:52-06:00

The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) sets protest hearing schedules. You will receive a notice of protest hearing letter by general mail at least 15 days before the scheduled formal hearing date. Included with that letter will be a copy of Property Taxpayer’s Remedies (a publication of the State Comptroller’s Office), a copy of the ARB hearing procedures, and a statement that you have the right to inspect the information that the Appraisal District plans to introduce at your hearing.

I am deaf. Will TCAD arrange for me to have an interpreter at my hearing?2020-11-30T19:10:40-06:00

Yes, at least 48 hours prior to your formal hearing please notify the district and we will arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter. Please send the request to hr@traviscad.org.

How do I submit an affidavit before my hearing?2021-01-20T13:16:04-06:00

The affidavit and supporting documents must be received by the ARB before the scheduled hearing date. Delivering them to our office in person is best. If you mail them, it is a good idea to send them return receipt requested. Be sure to mail them in plenty of time and be sure the address is correct. The affidavit must state that you swear or affirm that the information it contains is true, and sworn to before someone authorized to verify the Affidavit . Be sure to clearly place in the affidavit or a cover letter, the property owner’s name, address, account number, property description, and the date and time of the hearing.

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