Category: Comptroller News

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83rd Legislative Session

Dear Chief Appraisers and Tax Assessor-Collectors: The regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature concluded Monday, May 27, 2013. More than 300 property tax related bills were filed, and fewer than 80 passed. Five percent of the bill filings concerned property tax. The Governor has until June 16th to veto legislation. Most laws have an...

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Disabled Veterans and Rule Adoption

Dear Chief Appraisers and Tax Assessor-Collectors: This past November, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a 100 percent property tax exemption for the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran. Tax Code Section 11.131 was amended to permit this exemption. The surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who qualified...

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AG Opinion, Surveys, and Disaster Declaration

Dear Chief Appraisers and Tax Assessor-Collectors: This message contains important information regarding an Attorney General’s opinion on the new application requirements for the residence homestead exemption, appraisal districts completing the Farm and Ranch Survey, and Governor Perry renewing the declaration of a drought emergency. State Representative Harvey Hildebrand requested an Attorney General’s opinion concerning implementation...

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Heavy Equipment Manual and Rules

Dear Chief Appraisers and Tax Assessor-Collectors: The Property Tax Assistance Division (PTAD) revised the Heavy Equipment Dealers’ Special Inventory Manual to modify the non-exclusive list of examples of equipment that may qualify as heavy equipment. Heavy equipment inventory must be identified locally according to the definition in Tax Code Section 23.1241(a)(6) and other statutory definitions...

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Interim Legislative Update

Dear Chief Appraisers and Tax Assessor-Collectors: While the Texas Legislature is not in session this year, the House and Senate committees are busy conducting committee hearings on interim charges. The House Ways and Means Committee conducted hearings to review results of the Comptroller’s Methods and Assistance Program and to determine whether the “truth-in-taxation” notices effectively...

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Reappraisal Plan Reminder and Updated Forms

Dear Chief Appraisers: As a reminder, Tax Code Section 6.051 requires the board of directors of an appraisal district to develop biennially a written plan for the periodic reappraisal of all property within the boundaries of the district. To adopt a plan, a board of directors must take the following steps: Hold a public hearing...

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Tax Rate Information and Updated Forms

Dear Chief Appraisers and Tax Assessor-Collectors: The Property Tax Assistance Division (PTAD) is no longer gathering tax rate and levy information for special districts through the Electronic Appraisal Roll Submission (EARS) process. Instead, this information will be gathered through a survey sent to appraisal districts. Appraisal districts will be sent the next survey in May...

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Updated Appraisal District Board of Directors Training Video and Manual

Dear Chief Appraisers and Tax Assessor-Collectors: We are pleased to announce that an updated version of the Appraisal District Board of Directors Training video has been released. It was updated to reflect recent legislative changes and is a companion to the 2012 Appraisal District Director’s Manual. If you have any questions, please contact us by...