Delinquent Property Tax Relief Available for Montgomery County Residents

THE WOODLANDS, TX – Tammy McRae, Montgomery County Tax Assessor-Collector, announces a new program designed to help homeowners pay their delinquent property taxes. The American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress provides funds to help pandemic-affected homeowners avoid foreclosure. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) implements the program in Texas.

“Homeowners who have overdue taxes can apply for the program and if they are eligible, TDHCA will send a check for overdue taxes to my office to avoid seizure,” said Tammy McRae, tax assessor-collector of the Montgomery County. “The payment is a grant, not a loan. I encourage all owners to apply who qualify and have outstanding taxes.

The program will provide up to $25,000 to each qualifying homeowner and may include court fees, abstract fees, and other lawsuit-related costs. There is no refund requirement.

To qualify, property taxes must be in arrears, you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence, your household income must be at or below 100% of the area median income (AMI), and the household must have experienced a qualified financial crisis. hardship after January 1, 2020. Financial hardship could be losing your job or having to pay more for childcare, medical supplies, food, clothing, etc.

“I will send notices to all delinquent property accounts with the goal of reaching as many ratepayers as possible,” McRae said.

Applicants will be required to provide ID, verify their income, and provide evidence of delinquency, such as an overdue tax return or an opinion from a tax lawyer, etc.

For more information or to apply, homeowners can visit http://TexasHomeownerAssistance.com or call TDHCA’s toll-free number at 833-651-3874.

Penny D. Jackson