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Most Important Property Tax Dates in 2020

 

The Texas Tax Code provides a lot of deadlines (established by the Texas legislature) throughout the year. We have scoured the Tax Code and compiled what we believe are the most important and relevant to you, here below.

January 1 – This is the date that taxable values are determined. In other words, what is your property worth on January 1, 2020. 

January 10 – If you receive a tax bill from a previous year after this date, then the date your taxes are due is postponed until after January 31.

January 31

This is the last day for the chief appraiser to send out applications for agricultural designation and exemptions for those that require annual applications.

This is also the last day for disabled or age 65 or older homeowners or disabled veterans and their surviving spouses qualified for Sec. 11.22 exemptions to provide notice of intent to pay by installment and pay the first installment of homestead property taxes (if the delinquency date is Feb. 1).

February 1

Is the date that taxes imposed the previous year become delinquent if a bill was mailed on or before Jan. 10 of the current year

This is also the last day for motor vehicle, vessel and outboard motors, heavy equipment and manufactured housing dealers to file dealer’s inventory declarations.

April 1

This is the last day (or as soon as practicable thereafter) for chief appraiser to mail notices of appraised value for single-family residence homestead properties

This is also the last day (or as soon thereafter as practicable) for chief appraiser to send a clear and understandable written notice to property owner of a single-family residence that qualifies for a homestead exemption if such exemption that was approved for the preceding year was canceled or reduced for the current year.

April 15 – Last day to file renditions and property reports on a lot of property types, including business personal property. The chief appraiser must extend deadline to May 15 upon written request by the property owner.

April 30 – This is the last day to file most exemption applications, or on the flip side, notice that the property no longer qualifies for an exemption. Other exemption applications for: cemeteries, certain charitable organizations, religious organizations, private schools, nonprofit water supply or wastewater service corporations and other nonprofit organizations must be filed within one year of acquiring the property.

May 1 – This is the last day (or as soon as practicable thereafter) for the chief appraiser to mail notices of appraised value for properties other than single-family residence homesteads.

May 15

This is the last day to file renditions and property reports for most property types if an extension was requested in writing. The chief appraiser may extend this deadline an additional 15 days for good cause.

This is also the last day to file most protests with ARB (or by 30th day after notice of appraised value is delivered, whichever is later).This – for most people is the most important deadline of the year!

June 30 – Last day to form a taxing unit to levy property taxes for the current year.

July 1–The date that delinquent taxes start to incur a total 12% penalty.

July 20–This is the date the Appraisal Review Board must approve appraisal records, but may not do so if more than 5 percent of total appraised value remains under protest. The board of directors of a county appraisal district with a population of 1 million+ may postpone the deadline to Aug. 30 or increase the threshold percentage from 5 to 10 percent of the appraised value of properties not under protest.

July 25–This is the deadline for the chief appraiser to certify appraisal roll to each taxing unit. Last day for chief appraiser to prepare and certify to the assessor for each taxing unit an estimate of the taxable value of the property if the ARB has not approved the appraisal records by July 20.

July 31 – Last day for property owners to apply for Sept. 1 inventory appraisal for the next year.

August 1–This is the date taxing unit’s assessor submits appraisal roll and date that collector submits collection rate estimate for the current year to the governing body (or soon after as practical).

August 30–The date the Appraisal Review Board must approve appraisal records for appraisal districts in counties with populations of 1 million+ where the board of directors has postponed the deadline from July 20.

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