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Frequently Asked Questions

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FIRM UPDATE: May 14, 2021

The Firm has reached max capacity for Tax Year 2021 Property Tax Protest cases with a Notice of Protest deadline of May 17, 2021.

If you have a Notice of Protest deadline that falls after May 17, 2021, and would like the Firm to represent you, please email the Firm for verification and a unique URL to access Online Registration.

[email protected]

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FIRM UPDATE: March 31, 2021

🚨Update (unofficial) 🚨

I have received unofficial confirmation that Tarrant Appraisal District does not plan to send proposed value notices until on or about April 15.

The Firm website will not open for online registration until Tarrant Appraisal District sends and publishes proposed values.

The deadline to file will be 30 days after the date of notice.

I estimate that the Firm will reach max capacity in the first week of May — Register ASAP.

– MLG

Talk/Text: (817) 494-0440

Email: [email protected]

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FIRM UPDATE: March 9, 2021

The 2021 Tax Year Property Tax Protest Season is set to begin on April 1, 2021. On or about April 1, 2021, I expect Tarrant Appraisal District will deliver 2021 Value Notices to Tarrant County property owners, and Tarrant County property owners wishing to protest their 2021 Proposed Property Tax Value will be able to register their 2021 Property Tax Protest Request on this site. Should this schedule change, you will find an update on this page. #HappyProtesting

-MLG

Talk/Text: (817) 494-0440

Email: [email protected]

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FIRM UPDATE: September 24, 2020

The Tarrant Appraisal Review Board has started setting in-person hearings for property owners who filed a Tax Year 2020 Property Tax Protest and are representing themselves at their hearing. If you cannot attend your hearing, or do not wish to represent yourself, please contact the Firm. I am accepting these case on a case-by-case basis.

Talk/Text: (817) 494-0440

Email: [email protected] 

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PILOT PROGRAM

The Gallagher Firm, PLLC is proud to announce its new Pilot Program! The Firm, in an effort to keep Tarrant County Property Values in check county-wide, is now offering to represent those Tarrant County Property Owners who have an established Over-65 Exemption on file and in effect with Tarrant Appraisal District at no cost.*

Historically, those with an Over-65 Exemption in place had no incentive to Protest Property Taxes, as the Tax Liability for those individuals was frozen. However, not Protesting the Values of these properties results in artificial inflation of values for all other homeowners! When Tarrant Appraisal District uses an “Over-65” property to compare with your property, it’s likely that the Over-65 property has an inflated value due to no one keeping the value in check via Property Tax Protest. This Pilot Program is targeted to reduce the effects of those Over-65 properties on the Firm’s clients and Tarrant County Property Owners, as a whole. Over time, the Firm’s efforts will pay off, as the Firm allows more and more participants to enter the Pilot Program.

The Pilot Program, including its successor-programs, are herein referred to as (“Pilot Program”). 

* Restrictions: This is the first year the Firm is offering this service, therefore the following Restrictions and Limitations apply:

• The Firm is accepting only 40 participants for Tax Year 2021. Once the Firm has reached 40 participants, no additional participants will be allowed to enter the Pilot Program, and the Firm shall have no obligation to render free protest services to any additional property owners who would otherwise qualify for the Pilot Program.

• The Property to be Protested must be residential property within Tarrant County, Texas, with an established Over-65 Exemption on file and in effect with Tarrant Appraisal District (e.g. I must be able to verify your exemption status via your 2020 tax statement). If your exemption is not already in place, you do not qualify for this free service or the Pilot Program.

• Participants in the Pilot Program must register via the website and enter the Pilot Program Promo Code. You may obtain that Pilot Program Promo Code by emailing the Firm. Once the Firm has verified your status and confirmed availability in the Pilot Program, the Pilot Program Promo Code will be emailed to you. If you fail to properly enter the Promo Code and are subsequently charged and pay for protest services, you will not be refunded, and your case will be handled as a paying client case, not as a part of the Pilot Program. The Promo Code will no longer be active once the Firm reaches the 40-participant threshold.

• Participants in the Pilot Program do not qualify for any Firm guarantee.

• Participants in the Pilot Program expressly acknowledge, agree, accept, and authorize Ms. Lowery Gallagher to settle the Property Tax Protest with Tarrant Appraisal District as opposed to taking it to hearing.

• Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Property Tax Representation Agreement, participants in the Pilot Program expressly authorize and appoint the Firm and Ms. Lowery Gallagher as its Agent for the Tax Year at issue, as reflected on the Appointment of Agent Form, and for all years following unless official termination paperwork is filed and accepted by Tarrant Appraisal District.

• Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Property Tax Representation Agreement, participants in the Pilot Program expressly authorize and request that the Firm and Ms. Lowery Gallagher file a Property Tax Protest each year that participants are in the Pilot Program.

Notices

See Firm Update: March 31, 2021,  above.

Tarrant Appraisal District plans to mail Value Notices and publish its Proposed Property Tax Value for Tax Year 2021 on April 1, 2020. This is subject to change.

Tarrant Appraisal District and Tarrant Appraisal Review Board 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 is May 15, 2021. 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 Tarrant Appraisal Review Board. Your attendance is not required.

No change between 2020 and 2021 Market Value

If your 2021 Proposed Market Value is the same as your 2020 Certified Market Value, check to see if Tarrant Appraisal District raised your Proposed Appraised Value. Tarrant Appraisal District can raise Property Values by up to 10% for homesteaded properties, or even more for non-homesteaded properties. This increase in Proposed Appraised Value will affect your Tax Liability. Even if your Proposed Market Value stays at the 2020 level, you can still file a Property Tax Protest. I recommend looking carefully at your published 2021 and 2020 Property Values to see if you’re at risk for higher Tax Liability, despite your Proposed Market Value remaining the same. If you have questions, contact the Firm.

Firm Deadlines

Free Cursory Reviews: ~April 15–April 30, 2021 April 1–April 30, 2021. CLICK HERE to learn more about FRCs.

Client Conference Calls: May 16–May 30, 2021. Daily availability, with scheduled appointment via Calendy, is 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–3:00pm, even weekends.

Deadline to Upload Evidence & Exemptions to Client Folder: May 31, 2021.

Max Capacity – The Firm shuts down online registration once it reaches max client capacity. I anticipate  this date being in or about the first week of May. I anticipate this date being in or about April 25, 2021. Last year, Tarrant Appraisal District rolled a majority of 2019 Market Values to 2020, resulting in a lower number of Property Tax Protests. Because of this fact, and the fact that the real estate market hasn’t experience a significant slump, I anticipate that Tarrant Appraisal District will have sufficient evidence to raise Proposed Market Values on most, if not all, of those properties with rolled values from 2019 to 2020. Since this year is such an important year to protest, it is possible that the Firm will reach max client capacity before the first week of May April 25, 2021, 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 file a Property Tax Protest this year. Like I’ve mentioned, last year Tarrant Appraisal District rolled a majority of 2019 Market Values to 2020, resulting in a lower number of Property Tax Protests. Because of this fact, and the fact that the real estate market hasn’t experience a significant slump, I anticipate that Tarrant Appraisal District will have sufficient evidence to raise Proposed Market Values on most, if not all, of those properties with rolled values from 2019 to 2020.

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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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