It's that time of year - the Collin Central Appraisal District has sent out the 2019 Notice of Appraised Value to home owners all across Collin County. This notice to home owners, let's them know how much the tax assessor is valuing their home and therefore how much their tax bill will be at the end of the year. NOW is the time to protest your value and reduce your tax liability if you choose to do so. We have been getting a lot of calls from residents asking for advice. If you want to know more about Property Tax Protests in Collin County, then this information is for you.
Here are a few helpful tips:
- If the house is your primary residence, make sure that it shows you have a "homestead" exemption on the property. If not, you can file that for FREE. Click here to access the form.
- You may want to look up your neighbors home values at www.CollinCAD.org. If your house is not in line with your neighbors, you can use that information from the County in your protest.
- Ask a Realtor to send you some comparable sales data. The data should be pulled from 10/1/18 - 3/31/19 since the tax assessor is determining the value as of 1/1/19 for your property. You can request that from our office by emailing Melissa@NorthTexasTopTeam.com
- The time frame to protest is 5/15/19 or 30 days from the date of the notice.
- You can protest online, on the phone at 469-742-9200, or in person at 250 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75069. If you go in person, it's 1st come, 1st served. You may have a 30-45 minute (or longer) wait to be seen, but you do get an answer that day.
- You will want to start with an "informal review" where you can present your information to a staff member. They have the ability to change your value (which lowers your taxes) or make no change. Bring all of your paperwork with you to this appointment.
- If the staff person makes no change, you can file a written protest for a formal hearing with the Appraisal Review Board.
Collin Central Appraisal District will be open late between now and May 15, 2019. To see their extended hours schedule, click here.
I hope this information is helpful as you plan to protest your property taxes. If you want more information about how TEXAS REALTORS are fighting for property tax reform, read this.