What is a Substantial Error?
|Pat O'Connor :||
If there's a substantial error in your assessed tax value, you qualify for the substantial error protest, and you can file this as late as January 31 of the following year. This occurs with many commercial properties and with almost all properties that have flooded. What is a substantial error? In my opinion, for property taxes, if you are overtaxed by one dollar, that is a substantial error. You shouldn't be overtaxed. If anything, you should be a bit undertaxed.
For property tax purposes, the tax code provides that you can protest late. You can go to the appraisal district website, fill out the form, and file it now, and they will schedule a hearing for you. Instead of the May 15 deadline, the deadline is January 31 of the following year if you're overtaxed by more than one-third.
To find out if you're fairly taxed, go to the Texas fairness checker at cutmytaxes.com. THAT'S THE TEXAS FAIRNESS CHECKER. It's free, it only takes a few minutes, and you'll find out if you're fairly taxed or not.
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