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2020 Press Releases

2020 Appraisal Rolls Have Been Certified

The Chief Appraiser has certified the 2020 appraisal rolls. Click here to download a PDF of the certified taxable values for each taxing entity.

2020-01-21 Updated Property Tax Information Now Available for Texas Taxpayers

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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, or who qualify for a disabled veteran exemption 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 at 5% per year 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 Appraisal Values – 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/.

2020-04-13 Extension of 2020 Filing Deadlines

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PRESS RELEASE

March 30, 2020 (updated April 13, 2020 to include Abatements)

EXTENSION OF 2020 FILING DEADLINES

RENDITON STATEMENTS:
The April 15th deadline in Section 22.23(a) of the Texas Property Tax Code, for filing Renditions, is hereby automatically extended to May 15, 2020. The requirement under Section 22.23(b), to request the extension in writing, is hereby waived for the 2020 tax year.

LAND DESIGNATED FOR AGRICULTURAL USE:
The April 30th deadline in Section 23.54(d) of the Texas Property Tax Code, for filing an application seeking appraisal as “Qualified Agricultural Land (Open-Space Land)” is hereby extended to June 1, 2020. This extension is automatically granted for “good cause” under Section 23.54(d) and does not require the applicant to request the extension.

ABATEMENTS, Section 312 Texas Property Code, Comptroller Form 50-116:
The April 30th deadline for filing an Abatement application is extended to June 1, 2020.

NOTE:
It should be noted that extended deadlines already exist in the Texas Property Tax Code for the following exemptions and do not require action by the chief appraiser to further extend the existing “late filing” provisions in the Code.

Section 11.431 (Late Application for Homestead Exemptions);
Section 11.433 (Late Application for Religious Organization Exemption);
Section 11.434 (Late Application for School Exemption);
Section 11.435 (Late Application for Charitable Organization Exemption);
Section 11.439 (Late Application for Disabled Veteran Exemption);
Section 11.4391(Late Application for Freeport Exemption).

Issued by Bo Daffin, Chief Appraiser, March 30, 2020 (updated April 13, 2020 to include Abatements)

2020-04-13 Notices of Appraised Value Delayed

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PRESS RELEASE

April 13, 2020 (updated April 13, 2020 to include Abatements)

2020 Notices of Appraised Value Delayed

REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL NOTICES:

  • Mailing date delayed until May 15, 2020.
  • Protest deadline for notices mailed May 15th will be June 15th.
  • We will mail appraisal notices to all real properties, as we do each year.
  • Appraised Values are as of January 1st statutory requirement.

BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY (BPP) APPRAISAL NOTICES:

  • BPP Mailing date will trail real estate notices by two to four weeks.
  • BPP protest deadline will be 30 days after the date BPP appraisal notices are mailed.
  • We will mail appraisal notices to all BPP properties, as we do each year.
  • Appraised Values are as of January 1st statutory requirement.

THE DISTRICT WILL NOT CONDUCT IN-PERSON MEETINGS:

  • If the owner disagrees with the Notice of Appraised Value, they will need to file a protest with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) via our online eFile system or in writing by mail.
  • After the ARB support staff schedules a protest hearing, an appraiser and/or an exemptions manager will review the protest.
  • Information and discussions with District staff will be handled through our eFile system, by telephone or by mail.
  • If the District’s staff and owner reach an agreement electronically via our eFile system or in writing, prior to the date of the scheduled protest hearing, the ARB hearing will be canceled.
  • If there is not an agreement prior to the scheduled protest hearing, the owner will need to proceed with their ARB hearing.

APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD (ARB):

    The Appraisal Review Board is working on procedures for the 2020 protest hearings. Currently the preliminary schedule is to begin hearings around July 6th.

    Issued by Bo Daffin, Chief Appraiser, April 13, 2020

2020-04-30 Estimated Taxable Values

The Chief Appraiser released the 2020 estimated taxable values to the taxing entities on April 30th. Click here to download the PDF of the 2020 estimated taxable value totals.


2020-05-13 Notices of Appraised Value & District Operations

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PRESS RELEASE

May 13, 2020

2020 Notices of Appraised Value & District Opperations

REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL NOTICES:

  • Mailing date May 15, 2020.
  • Protest deadline for notices mailed May 15th will be June 15th.
  • We will mail appraisal notices for all real properties, as we do each year.
  • Appraised Values are based on a property’s market value on January 1, 2020, as required by the Property Tax Code.

BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY (BPP) APPRAISAL NOTICES:

  • BPP Mailing date will trail real estate notices by approximately three weeks.
  • BPP protest deadline will be 30 days after the date BPP appraisal notices are mailed.
  • We will mail appraisal notices for all BPP properties, as we do each year.
  • Appraised Values are based on a property’s market value on January 1, 2020, as required by the Property Tax Code.

CUSTOMER SERVICE LOBBY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

  • Our Customer Service department is open to assist the public with filing their homestead, senior citizen, veterans and other exemption applications.
    • Beginning Friday, May 15th, owners and their representatives can deliver protest forms to the ARB at our Customer Service counter.
  • Our Mapping/GIS department is open to assist the public with questions concerning tax parcel mapping and the District’s ownership files. Please note that deeds or other property instruments are not filed with the District. Our records are updated based on filings at the County Clerk’s office.

THE DISTRICT WILL NOT CONDUCT IN-PERSON MEETINGS:

  • If the owner disagrees with the Notice of Appraised Value, they will need to file a protest with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) via the online eFile system, in writing by mail or hand delivered to 250 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75069.
  • An appraiser and/or an exemptions administrator will be notified that a protest has been filed, including the reason for the protest.
  • Information and informal discussions with District staff will be handled through the online eFile system, by telephone, by email or mail.
  • If the District’s staff and owner or their authorized representative reach an agreement prior to the date of the scheduled protest hearing, the ARB hearing will be canceled.
  • If there is not an agreement prior to the scheduled protest hearing, the owner or their authorized representative will need to proceed with their ARB hearing.

APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD (ARB):

The ARB is not appointed by the District’s board of directors or the chief appraiser.

All members of the ARB are appointed by the local Administrative District Judge and trained by the Texas Comptroller, in accordance with the Property Tax Code.

This section is being included with the Appraisal District’s press release, with consent of the ARB’s chairman, to provide information to property owners and their authorized representatives.

  • The ARB will begin their hearings on July 6th.
  • The ARB will conduct protest hearings based on evidence and testimony presented by affidavit or written declaration, which may be accompanied by a telephone hearing if requested by the owner or their authorized representative.
    • Owners, their authorized representatives and their expert witnesses will not appear in person due to distancing requirements.
    • The Appraisal District’s chief appraiser and all testifying parties representing the District, whether employees of the District or expert witnesses, will not appear in person due to distancing requirements.
    • The only Appraisal District staff allowed in the hearing panels will be clerical, administrative or technological support, adhering to appropriate safety guidelines.
  • The ARB will accept affidavits, written declarations and evidence by mail or hand delivery to 250 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75069, by email or fax.
    • Mail, email and fax instructions will be included in the ARB’s hearing notification letter.
  • The ARB is in the process of updating their website https://collinarb.org including posting their email address and fax number for owners and their authorized representatives to deliver affidavits, declarations and evidence.
    • A declaration template will be available on the ARB’s website.
    • The declaration template can be downloaded, completed electronically and submitted via email to the ARB @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • The declaration template can be printed, completed by hand then mailed, or hand delivered to the ARB at 250 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75069, or scanned and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • The primary difference between an affidavit and written declaration is a declaration does not require a Notary.

Issued by Bo Daffin, Chief Appraiser, May 13, 2020

2020-05-19 Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures

PRESS RELEASE

May 19, 2020

Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures

Property owners have the right to protest actions concerning their property tax appraisals. You may follow these appeal procedures if you have a concern about:

  • the appraised (market) value of your property
  • the unequal value of your property compared with other properties
  • the inclusion of your property on the appraisal roll
  • any exemptions that may apply to you
  • the qualification for an agricultural or timber appraisal
  • the taxing units taxing your property
  • the property ownership
  • the change of use of land receiving special appraisal
  • failure of the chief appraiser or appraisal review board (ARB) to send a required notice
  • any action taken by the chief appraiser, county appraisal district (CAD) or ARB that applies to and adversely affects you.

Informal Review
To initiate an informal review, an owner or his authorized agent will need to file a formal protest with the ARB. Once the protest is received, the Appraisal District staff will review the protest and contact the owner/agent via the District’s eFile system, by telephone, email, or mail. Hopefully, the District and owner/agent will be able resolve any concerns that the owner/agent might have regarding the appraised value or any other item listed above.

Review by the ARB
If you cannot resolve your problem informally with the CAD, you may proceed with your formal hearing and have your case heard by the ARB.

The ARB is an independent board of citizens that hears and determines protests regarding property appraisals or other concerns listed above. It has the power to order the CAD to make the necessary changes based on evidence heard during the ARB hearing.

If you file a written request for an ARB hearing (notice of protest) before the deadline, the ARB will set your case for a hearing and send you written notice of the time, date, and place of the hearing. If necessary, you may request a hearing in the evening or on a Saturday. You may use Comptroller Form 50-132, Property Owner’s Notice of Protest, to file your written request for an ARB hearing.

Prior to your hearing, you may ask to review the evidence the CAD plans to introduce at the hearing to establish any matter at issue. Before a hearing on a protest, you or your agent and the CAD are required to provide each other with a copy of any materials (evidence) to be considered by the ARB at the hearing. Evidence may be submitted for any hearing type either in paper, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on a small portable electronic device (such as a CD, USB flash drive or thumb drive) which will be kept by the ARB. Do NOT bring evidence on a smart phone. The ARB’s hearing procedures regarding all the requirements to properly submit evidence on a small portable electronic device must be reviewed.

You or a designated agent may appear by affidavit or written declaration, including a telephone hearing to accompany your affidavit or declaration. The ARB is accepting written declarations for 2020, in lieu of affidavits since declarations do not require a Notary. If you decide to participate by telephone conference call, you must provide your evidence to the ARB with a written affidavit or declaration before the ARB hearing begins. You may use Comptroller Form 50-283, Property Owner’s Affidavit of Evidence to the Appraisal Review Board, or the Property Owner’s Declaration of Evidence form available for printing or download on the ARB’s website at collinarb.org. Evidence may be submitted for any hearing type either in paper, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on a small portable electronic device.

You and the CAD representative have the opportunity to present evidence about your case, but neither party will be allowed to personally appear. During a telephone hearing you may cross-examine the CAD representative. The ARB will make its decision based on the evidence presented by both parties. In most cases, the CAD has the burden of establishing the property’s value by a preponderance of the evidence presented.

In certain protests, the chief appraiser has the burden of proving the property’s value by clear and convincing evidence. You should review ARB hearing procedures to learn more about evidence and related matters.

You should not try to contact ARB members outside of the hearing. ARB members are required to sign an affidavit saying that they have not talked about your case before the ARB hears it.

Review by the District Court, an Arbitrator or SOAH
After it decides your case, the ARB must send you a copy of its order by certified mail. If you are not satisfied with the ARB’s decision, you have the right to appeal to district court. As an alternative to district court, you may appeal through binding arbitration or the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) if you meet the qualifying criteria.

If you choose to go to district court, you must start the process by filing a petition with the district court within 60 days of the date you receive the ARB’s order. If you choose to appeal through binding arbitration, you must file a request for binding arbitration with the CAD not later than the 60th day after you receive notice of the ARB’s order. If you choose to appeal to the SOAH, you must file an appeal with the CAD not later than the 30th day after you receive notice of the ARB’s order. Appeals to district court, binding arbitration or SOAH all require payment of certain fees or deposits.

Tax Payment
You must pay the amount of taxes due on the portion of the taxable value not in dispute, the amount of taxes due on the property under the order from which the appeal is taken or the amount of taxes due in the previous year.

More Information
You can get forms and more information by visiting collincad.org or collinarb.org, or contacting the Collin Central Appraisal District, 250 Eldorado Pkwy., McKinney, TX 75069; metro 469-742-9200 or toll-free 866-467-1110. You can get Comptroller forms and additional information on how to prepare a protest from the Comptroller’s website at comptroller. comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.

Deadline for Filing Protests with the ARB*

Usual Deadline
Not later than May 15th (or within 30 days after a notice of appraised value was mailed to you, whichever is later). For 2020, the Appraisal District mailed the Notices of Appraised Value, for real properties, on May 15th, which means the protest deadline is June 15th. The Appraisal Notices for Business Personal Property (BPP) will be mailed 2-4 weeks after real property notices and the BPP protest deadline will be 30 days after the notices are mailed. Late protests are allowed for good cause if you miss the usual deadline. The ARB decides whether you have good cause. Late protests are not allowed after the ARB approves the appraisal records for the year.

Special Deadlines
For change of use (the CAD informed you that you are losing agricultural appraisal because you changed the use of your land), the deadline is not later than the 30th day after the notice of the determination was delivered to you. For ARB changes (the ARB has informed you of a change that increases your tax liability and the change did not result from a protest you filed), the deadline is not later than the 30th day after the notice of the change was delivered to you.

PROTEST DEADLINE – June 15, 2020
If you believe the CAD or ARB should have sent you a notice and did not, you may file a protest until the day before taxes become delinquent (usually Feb. 1st) or no later than the 125th day after the date you claim you received a tax bill from one or more of the taxing units that tax your property. The ARB decides whether it will hear your case based on evidence about whether a required notice was mailed to you.

* The deadline is postponed to the next business day if it falls on a weekend or legal, state or national holiday.

2020-08-04 July 24th, 2020 Certified Estimate of Taxable Value

The Chief Appraiser released the 2020 Certified Estimated Taxable Values to the taxing entities on July 24, 2020, as required by §26.01(a-1) of the Texas Property Tax Code, since the Appraisal Review Board had not approved the Appraisal Records by July 20th.

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PRESS RELEASE

August 4th, 2020

July 24, 2020 Certified Estimate of Taxable Value