Travis Appraisal Review Board2021-12-06T08:24:50-06:00

TRAVIS APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD

When the Texas Legislature enacted the Texas Property Tax Code, they realized the need to have an administrative remedy, outside of district court, for property owners to address concerns relating to the appraisal district’s determination of market values. The answer was the establishment of Appraisal Review Boards (ARB).

The ARB is an independent, impartial group of citizens authorized to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district.

For cost savings purposes the ARB meets at the Appraisal District office; however, it is not controlled by the appraisal district and is a separate authoritative body. The ARB has no role in the day-to-day operations of the appraisal office or in appraising the property. The ARB only has authority over protests submitted to it. Only in resolving taxpayer protests can the ARB make changes or set a value on its own. Such a change only affects the property in question and decisions are binding only for the year in question.

The ARB sits in panels of three to hear testimony and review evidence to determine property owner protests which cannot be resolved informally with the Travis Central Appraisal District. It must base its decisions on facts it hears from the property owner and from the appraisal district to decide whether the appraisal district acted appropriately in determining the value of property.

While this is a broad and significant responsibility, the ARB must be sensitive to its legal and practical limits while adhering to the Texas Property Tax Code and laws of this state. ARB members cannot discuss your case with anyone outside of the hearing; however, protest hearings are open to the public, and anyone can sit in and listen to the case.

ARB members are appointed by the Local Administrative District Judge for two-year terms. At the end of their term, an ARB member may reapply for another period of two years for a total of three consecutive two-year terms. To qualify for service on the ARB, an individual must be a resident of the Travis County for at least two years before taking office. No employees or officers of the Appraisal District or the taxing units it serves may sit on the ARB. Any person who is a former member of the governing body or officer or employee of a taxing unit, or is a former director, officer, or employee of the Appraisal District is ineligible to serve. Also, the person’s close relatives cannot work as professional tax agents or tax appraisers within the Appraisal District. ARB members also must comply with a particular conflict of interest laws.

ARB members tend to be individuals with excellent analytical and people skills needed to evaluate and make determinations based upon the evidence presented by the property owner and the appraisal district. An unexpected benefit from being an ARB member is the opportunity to meet and work with such a wide variety of interesting people who want the make a contribution to our community.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I am deaf. Will TCAD arrange for me to have an interpreter at my hearing?2020-11-30T19:10:40-06:00

Yes, at least 48 hours prior to your formal hearing please notify the district and we will arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter. Please send the request to hr@traviscad.org.

Can someone else represent me during my protest?2021-01-20T13:14:04-06:00

Yes. If the person you are authorizing is not a co-owner listed on the deed and is a licensed property tax consultant (also called an agent), you must provide written authorization on the Comptroller’s mandated Authorization of Agent form. It must be , signed by you, the property owner, naming the person to represent you. The person you select should be able to discuss the property from personal knowledge and should file the form as soon as possible. At the very least, the person must bring the appropriate form to the ARB hearing.

If the person you wish to represent you is not a licensed property tax consultant, there must be some legal authorization that allows the person to speak on your behalf (power of attorney or licensed attorney). Similarly, the person you select should be able to discuss the property from personal knowledge.

You may bring someone with you to the hearing that can speak during the hearing. However in this circumstance you must be present to identify on the record that the person is speaking on your behalf.

Can I get electronic shape files?2021-01-20T13:17:05-06:00

Taxpayers may also purchase a copy of our GIS shape file that include all of Travis County. You must have GIS or ESRI to use the GIS shape file. This information can be put onto a CD or transferred to an FTP site. The cost is $25.

How do I submit an affidavit before my hearing?2021-01-20T13:16:04-06:00

The affidavit and supporting documents must be received by the ARB before the scheduled hearing date. Delivering them to our office in person is best. If you mail them, it is a good idea to send them return receipt requested. Be sure to mail them in plenty of time and be sure the address is correct. The affidavit must state that you swear or affirm that the information it contains is true, and sworn to before someone authorized to verify the Affidavit . Be sure to clearly place in the affidavit or a cover letter, the property owner’s name, address, account number, property description, and the date and time of the hearing.

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