Ethics & Bylaws
The purposes of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals, Inc. (TAPTP) can be achieved only through maintaining the highest level of professional conduct. Taxation being fundamental in the relationships within society, and property taxation being the process in which the members of this Association are engaged, their obligation always shall be directed to the furtherance of the public good, both as to the rights of property owners to equitable assessment and as to the needs of the public bodies for adequate financing.
In activities relating to property located in the State of Texas, each member of TAPTP agrees:
- To be professional and objective in performing responsibilities with governmental agencies, the client/employer, and fellow members.
- To cooperate with TAPTP and its officers in all matters, including but not limited to the investigation, censure, discipline or expulsion of members who by their conduct prejudice their professional status or the reputation of TAPTP, or violate any provisions of this Code of Ethics.
- To report immediately in writing to the Ethics Committee of the Association any action of any member who, in the opinion of the reporting member, has violated a provision of this Code of Ethics.
- To treat as confidential all information received from confidential sources unless use of such information is authorized.
- To not engage, knowingly or intentionally, in any false or misleading conduct or practice with respect to client solicitation or in any proceeding before any political subdivision or agency of the State.
- To strive diligently to establish property valuations in an equitable manner in accordance with acceptable practices and standards.
- To not pay or promise to pay any compensation or offer any current or future employment to any person who is performing a public duty as an inducement either to perform or fail to perform any act related to such public duty.