Taxes must be equal and uniform. No single property or type of property should pay more than its fair share.
Property must be appraised on its current market value meaning the price that it would sell for on the open market when both the buyer and seller seek the best price and neither is under pressure to buy or sell.
Each property in a county must have a single appraised value. This is guaranteed by the use of the county appraisal districts.
All property is taxable unless federal or state law exempts it from the tax.
Property owners have a right to reasonable notice of increases in their appraised property value.
More information on the Texas Property Tax Code may be found at http://comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/proptax/
File online – please call and select option 4 for general questions to request a Personal Identification Number (PIN)
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Police Officers , other law enforcement and judicial personnel do not have home address on driver’s license by as provided for by the Transportation Code 521.121© or 521.1211. These individuals must attach a copy of the application to the Texas Department of Transportation for the license when submitting the exemption request.
Victims of family violence protected by the Attorney General through the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP). When applying for an exemption please present the exemption form in person to customer service along with the ACP card issued by the Attorney General.
Homeowner living in a facility for reasons of health, infirmity or aging.
Active duty members of the armed services or his or her spouse. Attach a copy of the military identification card and a copy of a utility bill for the property subject to the claimed exemption in the name of the military member or spouse.
No other exceptions will be considered by the chief appraiser
Exemptions can also be removed if the district sends a letter requesting reapplication. If an exemption or exemptions are removed the homeowner may reapply with appropriate supporting documentation. If the new application is submitted no later than one year after the taxes are due, the exemption will be effective in the original qualifying year. If the application is submitted more than one year after the taxes are due the exemption will apply to the current year and will not be effect for the prior year(s).
A homeowner is entitled to an exemption on his or her primary residence as provided for in the Texas Property Tax Code. If the homeowner has more than one homestead exemption the erroneous exemption will be removed, the Texas Property Tax Code requires that the district calculate the taxes owed for the last 5 years or period of time the erroneous exemption was in place.
If you significantly improve your home (other than ordinary repairs and maintenance), tax ceilings can go up. For example, if you add a room or garage to your home, your tax ceiling can rise. It will also change if you move to a new home.
Once the form has been processed, a certificate will be sent to the appropriate tax office for processing. If the tax rate has not been set for the current tax year, it will delay the processing of your transfer request. If the tax rate has been set, please allow 30-60 days for processing.
The surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older on the date the qualifying spouse died
The deceased spouse was receiving the age 65 or older exemptions on this residence homestead or would have applied and qualified for the exemption in the year of his or her death.
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Unable to engage in gainful work because of physical or mental disability
55 years old and blind and cannot engage in your previous work because of blindness
If you receive disability benefits under the Federal Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program through the Social Security Administration you should qualify. Disability benefits from any other program may or may not qualify.
• a veteran who was disabled while serving with the U.S. armed forces or
• the surviving spouse or child (under 18 years of age or unmarried) of a disabled veteran
You must be a Texas resident and must provide documentation from the Veteran's Administration reflecting the percentage of the service-connected disability and the name of the surviving spouse. The disability rating must be at least 10%. You may also qualify for the 100% Disabled Veterans Residential Homestead exemption. You may call the Veterans Administration to request the documentation at: 512-854-9340
Texas Tax Code §25.025 permits certain persons to request that the appraisal district restrict from public access any information in the appraisal district records required by §25.02 that could be used to identify their home addresses.
The State Comptroller of Public Accounts prescribes the form on which these confidentiality requests may be made. Copies of the form 50-284 are available at http://comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/taxforms/50-284.pdf or from the district’s website at http://www.traviscad.org/forms.html
The appraisal district may use three common methods to value property: market, cost and income approach.
Market – What are properties similar to this property selling for?
Cost – How much would it cost to replace the property with one of equal utility?
Income – What would an investor pay in anticipation of future income from the property?
The Property Tax Code sets a limit on the value of a residence homestead, stating that its value for a tax year may not exceed the lesser of the market value of the property; or, The sum of: 10 percent of the value of the property for last year; The value of the property for the last year in which the property was appraised; and The market value of all new improvements to the property, excluding a replacement structure for one that was rendered uninhabitable or unusable by casualty or by mold or water damage. The appraisal limitation first applies in the year after the homeowner qualifies for the homestead exemption.
Appraisal Review Board
The ARB determines taxpayer protests and taxing unit challenges. The ARB also determines if the Chief Appraiser has granted or denied exemptions and agricultural appraisals properly. The ARB's decisions are binding only for the year in question. The ARB begins protest hearings around June 1. The ARB establishes its own Procedures and Rules that govern its operations. For cost savings purposes, the ARB typically meets at the Appraisal District office.
If you authorize someone besides a family member or friend (i.e., a real estate agent), you must obtain a copy of the Appointment of Agent for Single-Family Residential Property Tax Matters form from the Appraisal District and file it with our office.
To authorize a person who is paid to represent you, you must use a special Appointment of Agent form. This form is available from the Appraisal District. 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.
Taxpayers may also purchase a copy of our GIS shape file that includes all of Travis County. You must have GIS or ESRI to use the GIS shape file. This information can be put onto a CD or transferred to an FTP site. The cost is $25.
Owner ID – Name Specific (case specific)
PIN – Unique number assigned to every owner ID (case specific)
Username – A login username created during registration
Password – A login password created during registration
Security Question – A question created by user during registration
Security Answer – An answer created by user during registration
What is the website for eFile?
Log onto https://efile.traviscadonline.org and register.
Other County Offices:
Travis County Clerk Office: 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751, 512-854-9188
City of Austin Building Permits and Zoning: 505 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704, 512-978-4000
Travis County Tax Office: 501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751, 512-854-9473
911 Addressing City of Austin: 512-974-2797. If the property is inside an incorporated city first contact that city, otherwise contact City of Austin.
Travis County Permits: 5th Floor Suite 540, 700 Lavaca St., Austin, TX 78701, 512-854-4215
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