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How to File a Tax Appraisal Protest

1. Initial Protest:

When disputing your taxes your protest must be filed in writing. The appraisal district has a protest form available, though you are not required to use it. A notice of protest is sufficient if it identifies the owner’s name, the property address, legal description and indicates that you are dissatisfied with the decision of the appraisal district.
Travis County Protest Form
Williamson County Protest Form

2. Deadline:

You must file your protest before May 31st or no later than 30 days after the notice of appraised value, whichever date is later.

3. Support Protest:

Be prepared to support your protest with documentation, such as your closing statement, a copy of your purchase contract, appraisal or comparative market analysis from your local Realtor®.

Tiffany’s Properties offers complimentary comparative market analysis for past and current clients. Contact us for further details.

If you mail your protest, it is a good idea to send it with a return receipt requested. Be sure to provide plenty of time and ensure the delivery before the deadline. Your protest must be signed before a Notary Public stating that the information provided is true and correct.

4. Validate Claim:

After the claim is made an Appraisal Review Board (ARB) decides if your protest is valid. The Appraisal District’s Board of Directors appoints a group of citizens and authorizes them to resolve the dispute between taxpayers and the appraisal district.