The Comptroller's Appraisal District Public Information Packet includes news releases, articles and radio public service announcements (PSAs) that your local newspaper, radio or TV station can use, including an optional, combined version of all the press releases: Updated Property Tax Information Now Available for Texas Taxpayers (PDF).
The Comptroller's Property Taxpayer Remedies (PDF) required by Tax Code Section 5.06 informs taxpayers about how to protest their property value. Appraisal districts may use this publication to comply with:
Tax Code Section 41.70 requires the chief appraiser to publish notice of protest and appeal procedures in a newspaper having general circulation in the county. The notice may not be smaller than one-quarter page of a standard-size or tabloid-size newspaper and may not be published in the part of the paper in which legal notices and classified advertisements appear. Comptroller Rule 9.3064 requires the headline of the published notice be in 18-point type or larger and the body copy be in 10-point type or larger. The Comptroller's model notice is Form 50-195, Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures (PDF) and is also available in Spanish (PDF).
The following are sample releases of information for use by local newspapers. Please feel free to modify the materials to fit local needs.
|Tax Code Requirement||Sample Newspaper Release or Article|
|1.085||Notice of Availability of Electronic Communication (PDF)|
|5.06||Property Taxpayer Remedies Available (PDF)|
|11.44||Homestead Exemptions (PDF)|
|11.44||Disabled Veterans Exemptions (PDF)|
|11.44||Non-Profits, Some Business Exemptions (PDF)|
|22.21||Rendering Property (PDF)|
|23.43, 23.54, 23.75, 23.9804||Agricultural Productivity Appraisal (PDF)|
|25.19||Appraisal Notices for the Tax Year (PDF)|
|26.04||Information on Property Taxes Available Online (PDF)|
|33.06||Deferral of Taxes by Elderly & Disabled Homeowners or Disabled Veterans (PDF)|
|33.065||Deferral of Taxes on Appreciating Residence Homesteads (PDF)|
|41.41||Property Owner Protest Hearings (PDF)|
|Combined||Updated Property Tax Information Now Available For Texas Taxpayers (PDF)|
The following are sample public service announcements (PSAs) for use by radio and TV stations. Please feel free to modify the materials to fit local needs.
|Subject||PSA Radio Script||PSA Audio for Radio||PSA for Print Media (English)||PSA for Print Media (Spanish)|
|Property Taxpayer Remedies||(PDF)
||Audio File||98-465 (PDF)||98-465s (PDF)|
|Rendering Property||(PDF)||Audio File||98-466 (PDF)||98-466s (PDF)|
|Homestead Exemptions||(PDF)||Audio File||98-467 (PDF)||98-467s (PDF)|
|Agricultural Productivity Appraisal|| (PDF) ||Audio File||98-468 (PDF)||98-468s (PDF)|
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