Protest Your Tarrant County Property Value

COVID-19 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Notices

TAD plans to mail Value Notices and publish its proposed property values for Tax Year 2020 on May 1, 2020. This is subject to change.

TAD and ARB Deadlines

The deadline to file your property tax protest is reflected on your Value Notice. For most Tarrant County property owners, the deadline to file your property tax protest this year will be June 1, 2020. But again, check your Value Notice or call the firm if you are unsure.

Formal Hearings

The firm takes almost every case to a formal in-person hearing before the ARB, however this year may be different due to the COVID-19 situation. It is likely that the ARB will cancel all in-person hearings and replace them with either video or teleconference hearings. Either way, the firm is prepared to handle all formal hearings via whatever protocol is established by TAD or the ARB. Your attendance will not be required, regardless.

As of April 24, 2020, the ARB has not announced on what date it plans to begin holding hearings.

COVID-19 and Value Reduction

TAD and the ARB are required to determine the value of Tarrant County property as of January 1, 2020. No steps have been taken by State government to amend or change this requirement. TAD and the ARB will accept evidence of the COVID-19 situation lowering your property value, but only if said evidence reflects that the COVID-19 situation affected your property value as of January 1, 2020—which will be practically impossible, for most. However, if you have evidence that the COVID-19 situation affected your property value as of January 1, 2020, please do submit that information to me.

No change between 2020 and 2019 Market Value

There is a high likelihood that your Market Value will stay the same if there is room for TAD to raise your Appraised Value. TAD could raise property values by up to 10% for homesteaded properties, or even more for others. This increase in Appraised Value will affect your Tax Liability. Even if your Market Value stays at the 2019 level, you can still file a property tax protest. I recommend looking carefully at the published 2020 and 2019 property values to see if you’re at risk for a higher Tax Liability, despite Market Value remaining the same. If you have questions, call the firm.

Firm Deadlines

Client Conference Calls – May 24–June 6, 2020.

Deadline to Upload your Evidence and Exemption documentation to your Client Folder – June 14, 2020.

Max Capacity – The firm shuts down online registration once it reaches max client capacity. I anticipate this date being around May 22, 2020. Since this year is such an important year to protest, it is possible that the firm will reach max client capacity before May 22, 2020, therefore if you plan on the firm representing you in your property tax protest, please register online as soon as possible.

Importance of Protesting this Year

Whether you hire my firm, hire someone else, or do it yourself—be sure to protest this year. It’s always important that you keep your property value in check, but due to the COVID-19 situation it will be even more important this year. No one can anticipate exactly what is in store for us, and the last thing you need at the end of the year is a tax bill based on an amount that is more than what your property is truly worth.

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This is not intended to be legal advice or a substitute for legal advice, nor is it intended to deter you from contacting the firm with your questions. If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out!

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