Total Parcels and Total Protests TCADSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.
|Total Protests Filed||96.37||107.98||115.73||126.43||142.70|
Texas property owners should protest annually since Mass appraisal used by appraisal districts includes many errors based on limited resources. About 500 appraisers value all 20 million Texas tax parcels; about 40,000 per appraiser. Another 1,500 appraisers measure new construction.
Travis County Property Tax Protests
Travis County Appraisal District totals for: 1) number of parcels and 2) number of protests. Both the number of parcels and protests are gradually rising in most counties. There is no cost to file a protest and most protests (aka property tax appeals) are successful. It is not clear why so few people protest.
Total parcels in Travis County Appraisal District
Total Protests Travis CountySource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.
|Single Family Home Protests||60.70||70.54||74.43||85.80||99.52|
|Commercial / Other Protests||35.67||37.44||41.30||40.63||43.18|
Texas property owners should protest annually since It is their right.
Travis County property tax protests by type are displayed below. In most counties, the number of single family protests exceeds the number of commercial protests. However, the savings from commercial protests are greater than the reductions from single family appeals. Virtually all commercial property owners appeal their property taxes. In 2018, we estimate 50% of commercial owners appealed their property tax assessment while only 15% of home owners appealed.
Home owners pay more than their fair share of property taxes by not appealing. The vast majority of commercial value is appealed statewide, generally with substantial reductions. Only 15% of Texas home owners protest statewide while the commercial owners appeal aggressively annually. Not appealing shifts taxable value from commercial to single family.
% of Parcels Protested Travis CountySource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.
Texas property owners should protest annually since About 60% of appeals are successful.
TCAD - % Parcels Protested
Following is an indication of the portion of all Travis County Appraisal District parcels protested or appealed each year. Property owners handle about one-third of the appeals and hire property tax consultants for the other two-thirds.
Protests by Property Type Travis CountySource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.
Texas property owners should protest annually since Correcting an error in the appraisal district’s description of your property can reap savings in future years.
Travis County Protests by Property Type
Travis County Appraisal District property tax protests are illustrated below based on the type of property and number of protests. Home owners typically account for over half the property tax protests. However, this is a small portion of all home owners. Most commercial accounts are appealed annually. It is a critical factor in managing property taxes, often the largest operating expense for commercial property owners. They have teams compile information property by property to assist us in reducing their taxes.
Value of Property Protested by TypeSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.
|Billions of $|
|Value Protested Total||76.21||93.60||112.37||126.70||145.78|
Travis County Value of Property Protested by Type
Travis County Appraisal District’s property tax protests based on the dollar volume and type of property are illustrated in this graph. While the number of residential appeals is typically larger, the market value of commercial accounts protested is larger than the value of all residential accounts protested.