The deadline for protesting the property tax is approaching

Residents who want to file a property tax protest have a deadline fast approaching, according to Collin Central Appraisal District.

CCAD Chief Assessor Bo Daffin said the deadline for filing a property tax protest was Monday, May 16.

For notices posted on April 15, the legal deadline in the Internal Revenue Code is May 15, but the code requires that the deadline be extended to the next business day if it falls on the weekend, Daffin said.

As noted on the CCAD website, an assessment district in each county sets property value each year and administers exemptions, and an Assessment Review Board resolves disagreements between property owners and the assessment district. regarding property values ​​and exemptions.

The council also makes decisions on disputes initiated by tax units. Additionally, CCAD officials explained, local taxing units, which include the county, city, school district and special districts, decide how much money they will spend, which, in turn, determines the total amount of taxes owners must pay.

Protests must be in writing, identify the owner, identify the disputed property and list the owner’s reason(s) for disputing the value.

Resident protests must be filed by mail, in person or online and the Assessment Review Board will schedule the hearing, providing the resident with the time, date and location at least 15 days prior to the hearing.

Typically, residential hearings run from mid-May through early July and consist of a three-member panel, unless a single-member panel is requested.

According to the CCAD website, from April 16 to May 15, staff assessors will conduct informal property reviews with property owners and their tax agents.

The statutory deadline for certification of tax rolls, which municipalities will use to set their budgets, is July 25.

For more information, see collincad.org.

Penny D. Jackson