Property Tax System2021-12-06T08:21:09-06:00

PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM

The Texas local property tax is just that — a local tax, assessed locally, collected locally and used locally. More than 3,700 local governments in Texas — school districts, cities, counties and various special districts collect and spend these taxes.

The local property tax is the largest single funding source for community services. State government receives no benefit from these local taxes. Your local property taxes help to pay for your public schools, city streets, county roads, police departments, fire protection and many other vital programs.

Your property tax bill is due on January 31. After you pay your bill to your local tax office, funds are distributed to your taxing entities. If you are having trouble paying your property tax bill in Travis County, please contact the Travis County Tax Office. Information on property tax deferrals is also available.

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PROPERTY TAXES?

The Travis Central Appraisal District does not calculate or distribute property tax bills. TCAD does not accept property tax payments. If you have any questions or concerns about these issues, please contact the Travis County Tax Office.

ENTITIES IN THE SYSTEM

Several types of local governments may tax your property. Texas counties and local school districts tax all nonexempt property within their jurisdictions. You also may pay property taxes to a city and to special districts such as hospital, junior college or water districts.

In Travis County property taxes support 127 local government agencies including 21 cities, 16 emergency districts, the county, the hospital district, the junior college, 54 municipal utility districts, 1 road district, 15 school districts, and 17 water control improvement districts. These agencies are also known as taxing entities.

In addition to taxing entities, two other agencies play important roles in the property tax process: the appraisal district and the tax office. Each of these entities has a distinct role in the creation of your property tax bill:

APPRAISAL DISTRICT

  • Determines Property Values
  • Sends out Notices of Appraised Value
  • Handles protests
  • Administers exemption and deferral applications

TAXING ENTITIES

  • Sets budgets
  • Determines tax rates

TAX ASSESSOR COLLECTOR

  • Calculates and distributes property tax bills
  • Collects property tax payments
  • Handles non-property tax issues including vehicle registration, license plates, voter registration, placards for people with disabilities, alcohol beverage permits, court costs

TERMS TO KNOW

These values are determined by the appraisal district:

  • Market Value: What the property would sell for
  • Assessed Value: The limited property value after exemptions are applied
  • Taxable Value: The property value you pay taxes on

These values are determined by your taxing entities:

  • No New Revenue Rate: The tax rate that would generate the same amount of tax levy as the last year
  • Voter Approval Rate: The maximum tax rate that a taxing unit can adopt
  • Adopted Rate: The tax rate adopted by the taxing unit

PROPERTY TAX CALENDAR

The property tax process for each tax year includes a series of steps:

Date
January 1 Property values are set
April 1 Notices of Appraised Value are sent out
May 15 Deadline to file a protest
July 25 Certification of appraisal roll
August/September Tax rates set
October Property tax bills begin to be mailed out
November Voter approval elections are held
January 31 Property tax bill payments due

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who sets tax rates?2021-01-08T11:47:51-06:00

The taxing entities set the tax rate which determines how much property tax each property owner pays.

I applied for a tax deferral. How will I know when my deferral will be processed or applied?2020-11-24T20:38:47-06:00

TCAD processes the deferral request and sends the information to the Travis County Tax Assessor’s Office. You may contact the tax office with any concerns or questions you may have.

When are my property taxes delinquent?2020-11-24T20:35:16-06:00

Penalty and interest charges begin accumulating on most unpaid tax bills on February 1 of each year.

When are my property taxes due?2020-11-24T20:36:52-06:00

Taxes are due when you receive your tax statement around October 1st.  You have until January 31st of the following year to pay your taxes at the Tax Collector’s Office.

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