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Q. How is my payment date determined?

A. State law requires that the post mark on the envelope for mailed payments determines the time period that the payment is considered paid, i.e., if you mail a payment July 31st your payment is considered paid in July with the penalty and interest fees that apply for July.  If you make your payment online via credit card or electronic check it is considered the time of payment on the Internet.  If you pay in person it is the day you bring in your payment.

Q. How is my property value determined?  

A. The Appraisal District identifies property to be taxed, determines its appraised value, whether to grant exemptions, the taxable owner and address, and which taxing jurisdictions may tax the property. For information on VALUES, EXEMPTIONS, OWNERSHIP or ADDRESS, please contact the Appraisal District during business hours.

Q. What are some exemptions? How do I apply?

A. Exemptions reduce the taxable value of your property. This lowers your tax amount. Some of these exemptions are:

 Residence Homestead Available for all home owners on their residence as long as they lived there on January 1st of the tax year.

 Disabled Homestead Can be taken in addition to the homestead exemption; available to those who qualify according to specific guidelines.

 Disabled veteran or survivor Can be taken in addition to the homestead exemption, according to a disability rating. This exemption can be taken on any property in Texas; it is not limited to the homestead property.

100% Disabled veterans can now apply at the Appraisal District for 100% homestead property tax exemption.  Contact your local Appraisal District to see if you qualify for this new exemption.

 Age 65 or Older Can be taken in addition to homestead exemption on residence. Home owners over the age of 65 may also arrange for a Tax Affidavit Deferral, You may choose to defer the collection of taxes if you own and occupy your residence and taxes are delinquent; however, a tax lien remains on the property and interest of 8% a year continues to accrue.

 The chief appraiser of your local county appraisal district is responsible for administering exemption applications. A property owner or the owner's authorized agent must file any necessary exemption form before May 1 of the tax year.

Q. When are taxes due?

A. Tax statements are mailed each October/November of the Tax year and are due on receipt. In order to be timely, payment of taxes must be postmarked before the specified date. Taxes are delinquent on FEBRUARY 1 of each year and subject to penalty and interest, and subject to possible lawsuit.  If your account has been certified late by the Appraisal District after January 10th due to property value appeals your due date will be listed on the statement provided and you will be given 21 days to pay from the date of billing.  You can provide the Tax Office with prepayments of an anticipated tax billing to ensure that your payment will be posted timely.  Contact the Tax Office to learn how to prepay your taxes.

Q. What if I don't receive a tax statement?

A. Failure to receive a tax statement does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty, interest, due date, the existence of a tax lien, or any procedure instituted to collect a tax.  The State Property Tax Code places the burden on the taxpayer to make sure that they pay their property taxes on time and to acquire the tax billing, notify tax entities of name/address changes, and failure to receive a bill does not constitute reason for waiver of late fee assessments required by State Tax Code.

Q. Will a lien be placed on my property if the taxes are paid? 

A. No, if taxes are paid by January 1 there is no lien. However, if taxes are not paid by January 1 State law automatically places a tax lien on property on JANUARY 1 of each year to ensure that taxes are paid.
 
Q. What if I sold my property last year? 

A. The person who owned the property on January 1 of the tax year is personally liable for the tax, even if he/she sold the property during the year. Let the buyer beware, however, the lien follows the property.
 
Q. What if my mortgage company is supposed to pay my taxes? 

A. If your property taxes are paid by a mortgage company and you receive a tax statement, write your loan number on the statement, forward it immediately to your mortgage company for payment and notify the Tax Office in writing.
 
Q. Do I have to pay all my taxes at the same time? 

A. No. You can select one of the payment options to pay your taxes in installments, or you may pay the County, City, or Independent School District taxes separately.  We also accept partial payments or if you are delinquent you can contact our office for a payment plan.
 
Q. What kind of payment options are available? 

A. First item:  Quarter Payment Option: (This option applies only to property the person occupies as a residence homestead and only to those persons who are considered disabled under SSI) If, before January 1st of the current tax year, you are disabled or 65 years of age and are qualified for the OVER 65 or DISABLED HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS, you may make your payments in four equal installments without incurring penalty and interest, if paid in the following manner:

 1st payment due by January 31;

 2nd payment due by March 31;

 3rd payment due by May 31;

 4th payment due by July 31.

Second item:  If you are delinquent on your taxes and need to work out a plan to pay your taxes please contact our office to see if you can establish a payment plan.

Q. What is a tax certificate, and how can I obtain one?  

A. A tax certificate is a certified document showing all delinquent taxes and may include current taxes. If delinquent, the certificate shows penalties and interest that are due according to tax records. The fee to obtain a certificate is $10.00 per certificate; prepayment is required.

 

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