Frequently Asked Questions
- I have multiple properties, can you help me?
- How are you able to get values reduced?
- Who attends the hearing and do I need to be there?
- Do you guarantee a reduction?
- I’ve seen free services and services that only charge if they reduce my value. Why do you charge a flat fee?
- I’ve used other services in the past and could never get a hold of them. Are you different?
- How much do you charge to file my exemption forms?
- I moved into my house 3 years ago, but never filed my homestead exemption. Is it too late?
I have multiple properties, can you help me?
Yes. I regularly handle property tax protests for owners of multiple properties. I exclusively represent property owners who own residential property in Tarrant County, Texas, which includes personal homes and rental properties. Contact us for special pricing if you have multiple properties.
If any of your properties are outside of Tarrant County, I can refer you to another property tax attorney for those properties.
How are you able to get values reduced?
The Tarrant Appraisal District (TAD) uses a mass appraisal system to assign value to properties. This is not an individualized evaluation of your property by a person – rather, it’s a computer system that attempts to match “like” with “like” properties, which often results in an inaccurate determination of property value. It is of significant importance that you are taxed fairly and only on what your property is worth.
In order to achieve individualized evaluation, I personally evaluate every property. My custom evaluation and analysis, along with my proprietary evidentiary packet I submit to the Appraisal Review Board (ARB), puts me a step ahead in achieving value reductions. I know what information is most important to the ARB and TAD when it comes to value and fight to ensure you are only paying taxes on what your home is truly worth.
Who attends the hearing and do I need to be there?
I personally attend every scheduled hearing. The other parties at the hearing are a TAD appraiser and three members of the ARB. If a situation arose in which I was not able to attend a hearing, I would retain another property tax attorney to attend the hearing and present my evaluation and evidentiary packet on your behalf, at no additional cost to you.
Do you guarantee a reduction?
Of course, I can’t always guarantee a reduction in your tax liability, because sometimes the evidence points to your property being worth the amount proposed by TAD.
However, in an effort to ensure you are being taxed fairly, year-over-year, if I cannot reduce your Appraised Value by at least 2.4% (the value that actually affects your tax liability, as opposed to Market Value, which does not affect your tax liability), I will represent you the next year for free. (This guarantee only applies to those properties for which my firm filed the Notice of Protest with TAD and which have a Proposed Market Value that is no more than 110% of Proposed Appraised Value.)
I know other services offer various guarantees or contingent fees, but so far as I know, those services’ guarantees are based on Market Value reduction. Unless your Market Value is reduced to an amount below your Appraised Value, your tax liability is not reduced (i.e. you’re not actually saving money). My offer applies to Appraised Value, and I don’t know of another firm that does that.
I’ve seen free services and services that only charge if they reduce my value. Why do you charge a flat fee?
First things first: nothing is free. You are either paying with money or paying with your information. Facebook takes your information; that’s how you pay them, and in turn they make money advertising to you. The same is true with free property tax protest services from real estate agents; you’re now in their database and they can advertise to you.
Those offering free and contingent services are not incentivized to obtain meaningful reductions on all cases. Insofar as contingent services are concerned, I don’t know how else to say it, but common sense points to the fact that they spend their time working those cases where they will earn a higher fee.
For example: a home with a proposed value of $1,230,500 with a combined tax rate of 2.24% that gets a 10% reduction x 40% contingent fee = $1,102.53 contingent fee vs. a home with a proposed value of $123,500 with a combined tax rate of 2.24% that gets a 10% reduction x 40% contingent fee = $110.66 contingent fee.
I charge a flat fee and am equally incentivized to obtain meaningful reductions on all my cases, because if I don’t, then I’m doing the work for free the following year. It’s as simple as that.
I’ve used other services in the past and could never get a hold of them. Are you different?
Yes. I guarantee you a timely response to your inquiries. Lack of communication is extremely frustrating and part of the reason I decided, from the outset, to run a boutique law firm exclusively representing clients who own property in Tarrant County. I’m not trying to create a state-wide empire, here, like most property tax protest companies.
That being said, during property tax protest season (April 1–July 31), you can expect a response to your communications within 48 hours, even on weekends. If you’ve contacted the firm via email and 48 hours have elapsed without a response, there could have been technical difficulties, so please call the firm and leave a message if you get voicemail, otherwise I won’t know you need me.
Outside of property tax protest season, you can expect to hear a response in a timely manner, usually no more than a few days.
How much do you charge to file my exemption forms?
Nada. We file exemption forms on behalf of paying property tax protest clients for free.
An important note: Please, be aware of solicitors who, for a fee, offer to file exemption forms in Tarrant County. Some homeowners are being misled by letters or door-to-door solicitation from individuals or entities offering to help you apply for exemptions.
These individuals and entities have you sign an agreement giving them the right to receive a portion of any refund from the tax office for over-payment to which you may be entitled. They also have homeowners change their mailing address to them, causing you to no longer receive important information from TAD, the ARB, and the Tarrant County Tax Assessor Collector.
I moved into my house 3 years ago, but never filed my homestead exemption. Is it too late?
No. In most cases, TAD will backdate a homestead exemption to the date you moved in and it will apply starting on the first occurrence of January 1 following your move-in date. Even better, if you overpaid your taxes for those years, you will be automatically issued a refund from the tax office once TAD processes your exemption paperwork.
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!