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2018 Press Releases

2018 Appraisal Rolls Have Been Certified

The Chief Appraiser has certified the 2018 appraisal rolls. Click here to download a PDF of the certified taxable values for each taxing entity.

Change in Protest Filing Deadline for the 2018 Tax Year

The 2017 Texas Legislature, with the passage of HB 2228, changed the property tax protest filing deadline. The protest deadline was changed to May 15 or 30 days after the delivery of the Notice of Appraised Value, whichever is later. This legislation moved the statutory protest deadline up two weeks but the minimum protest period of 30 days is the same as the prior law. In Collin County appraisal notices to homeowners and all other categories of real property has been moved up two weeks.

Real Property:

In Collin County every taxable real property account will be mailed a Notice of Appraised Value. Real property notices are being mailed (delivered) on April 13, 2018. Therefore, the protest deadline for all real property, based on an April 13th mailing date, will be the May 15, 2018 statutory deadline. The deadline will be stated in each Notice of Appraised Value.

Business Personal Property (BPP):

In Collin County the Notices of Appraised Value for BPP will be split into two mailings. Mailings are scheduled for May 9, 2018 and June 1, 2018. Since every taxable BPP account will be mailed a Notice of Appraised Value, and the minimum protest period of 30 days is later than the May 15th statutory deadline, the protest deadline for a BPP account will be 30 days after the date we mail (deliver) the Notice of Appraised Value. The deadline will be stated in each Notice of Appraised Value.

Updated Property Tax Information Now Available for Texas Taxpayers

New and updated property tax information has just been compiled by the Collin Central Appraisal District and is available now to assist taxpayers. This property tax information is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions and appraisals, and has information for select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons who are age 65 or older.

‘Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, disabled veteran or a taxpayer, it's important you know your rights concerning the property tax laws,’ said Bo Daffin, Chief Appraiser of the Collin Central Appraisal District. ‘You can contact us about any property tax issues with full confidence that we will provide you the most complete, accurate and up-to-date available information to assist you.>’

This includes information about the following programs.

  • Property Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans — The law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by veterans who are disabled, surviving spouses and surviving children of deceased disabled veterans. This includes homesteads donated to disabled veterans by charitable organizations at no cost to the disabled veterans. The exemption amount is determined according to percentage of service-connected disability. The law also provides a 100% homestead exemption for 100% disabled veterans and their surviving spouses, and for surviving spouses of U.S. armed service members killed in action.
  • Property Tax Exemptions — Non-profit organizations that meet statutory requirements may seek property tax exemptions and must apply to their county appraisal district by a specific date. Businesses that receive tax abatements granted by taxing units; ship inventory out of Texas that may be eligible for the freeport exemption; store certain goods in transit in warehouses that are moved within 175 days; construct, install or acquire pollution control property; own and operate energy storage systems; or store offshore drilling equipment while not in use may also be eligible for statutory exemptions.
  • Rendering Taxable Property — If a business owns tangible personal property that is used to produce income, the business must file a rendition with its local county appraisal district by a specified date. Personal property includes inventory and equipment used by a business. Owners do not have to render exempt property such as church property or an agriculture producer's equipment used for farming.
  • Appraisal Notices — Normally, taxpayers receive a notice of appraised value from the appropriate local county appraisal district. The city, county, school districts and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district's value to set property taxes for the coming year.
  • Property Taxpayer Remedies — This Comptroller publication explains in detail how to protest a property appraisal, what issues the county appraisal review board (ARB) can consider and what to expect during a protest hearing. The publication also discusses the options of taking a taxpayer's case to district court, the State Office of Administrative Hearings or binding arbitration if the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the outcome of the ARB hearing.
  • Homestead Exemptions — A homestead is generally defined as the home and land used as the owner's principal residence on Jan. 1 of the tax year. A homestead exemption reduces the appraised value of the home and, as a result, lowers property taxes. Applications are submitted to the appropriate local county appraisal district.
  • Productivity Appraisal — Property owners who use land for timber land production, agricultural purposes or wildlife management can be granted property tax relief on their land. They may apply to their local county appraisal district for an agricultural appraisal which may result in a lower appraisal of the land based on how much the taxpayer produces, versus what the land would sell for in the open market.
  • Residence Homestead Tax Deferral — Texas homeowners may postpone paying the currently delinquent property taxes due on the appreciating value of their homes by filing a tax deferral affidavit at their local county appraisal district. This tax relief allows homeowners to pay the property taxes on 105% of the preceding year's appraised value of their homestead, plus the taxes on any new improvements to the homestead. The remaining taxes are postponed, but not cancelled, with interest accruing at 8% per year.
  • Property Tax Deferral for Persons Age 65 or Older or Disabled Homeowners — Texans who are age 65 or older or disabled, as defined by law, may postpone paying current and delinquent property taxes on their homes by signing a tax deferral affidavit. Once the affidavit is on file, taxes are deferred, but not cancelled, as long as the owner continues to own and live in the home. Interest continues to accrue on unpaid taxes. You may obtain a deferral affidavit at the appraisal district.
  • Notice of Availability of Electronic Communication — In appraisal districts located in counties with a population of more than 200,000 or that have authorized electronic communications, and that have implemented a system that allows such communications, chief appraisers and ARBs may communicate electronically through email or other media with property owners or their designated representatives. Written agreements are required for notices and other documents to be delivered electronically instead of mailing.
  • Protesting — Property owners who disagree with the appraisal district's appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that adversely affects them may protest their property value to the appraisal district's ARB.

For more information about these programs, contact Collin Central Appraisal District at 250 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney, TX 75069. Information is also available on the Comptroller's Property Tax Assistance Division's website at: www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/.