The Protest Process2021-12-06T08:22:59-06:00

THE PROTEST PROCESS

Every spring, Travis County property owners whose market value has increased by at least $1,000 over the last year will receive a Notice of Appraised Value. This notice contains three important values:

Market value: This is the value based on what your property would sell for as of January 1.
Assessed value: This is the reduced value of your property based on limitations provided by having a homestead exemption.
Taxable value: This is the assessed value minus any exemption amounts. It is the value used to calculate your property taxes for each taxing unit.

If you do not receive a Notice of Appraised Value, you can view your property’s values using the property search feature of our website.

If you believe the market value of your property is incorrect, you have the right to protest that value. The deadline to file your protest for the 2021 protest season is May 17, 2021. If you choose to protest the value of your property, you can initiate the protest in one of several ways:

Online
This is the easiest and fastest way to initiate and manage your protest. By filing online, you will receive an immediate confirmation that your protest has been filed. Additionally, you will be able to upload comments and evidence related to your protest, review evidence from the appraisal district, and accept/decline any settlement offer through your online account. If you do not have an account, you can set one up by using the property owner ID and pin number on your Notice of Appraised Value. If you do not have a property owner ID or pin number, contact our Customer Service Department for assistance.

By Mail
You can send us your protest by mail at:
Travis Central Appraisal District
PO Box 149012
Austin TX 78714

In-Person
You can drop off your protest form at our office during normal business hours:
850 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752

After you file your protest and your evidence has been submitted and processed, you will be eligible to participate in an informal meeting with a TCAD appraiser. If you do not accept a settlement offer from the appraisal district during the informal process, you will be given the opportunity to be heard by the Travis Appraisal Review Board (ARB).

FILE YOUR PROTEST ONLINE

FORMS

Visit our forms library to download related documents.

NEED HELP?

Contact us or check out the videos below to learn more about navigating the protest process through our online portal.

MANAGING YOUR PROTEST ONLINE

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I get a list of sales to help me in my protest?2021-01-20T13:15:00-06:00

Per Section 22.27 of the Texas Property Tax Code, the Appraisal District is prohibited from disclosing sales information gathered from a private source. Taxpayers who have protested his or her property value are entitled to the sales used to value his or her property, but no other sales information.

Where are ARB hearings conducted?2020-11-30T19:01:42-06:00

In-person hearings are conducted at the Travis Central Appraisal District office located at 850 E Anderson Lane. The hearing letter you receive will have specific instructions regarding the location of your hearing.

Can I get a copy of the appraisal roll?2021-01-20T13:19:09-06:00

Yes, an electronic copy of the entire appraisal roll data is made available free of charge on the appraisal district website. Upon a request the Appraisal District can provide PDF copies of the appraisal roll by property type, subdivision, zip code, and several other predefined criteria. The cost for PDF appraisal rolls are $5. Please contact the Records Coordinator for a list of predefined criteria. Additional criteria for PDF creation may be requested but will incur programming and manipulation charges.

When will I get my notice about a formal hearing?2020-11-30T19:04:52-06:00

The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) sets protest hearing schedules. You will receive a notice of protest hearing letter by general mail at least 15 days before the scheduled formal hearing date. Included with that letter will be a copy of Property Taxpayer’s Remedies (a publication of the State Comptroller’s Office), a copy of the ARB hearing procedures, and a statement that you have the right to inspect the information that the Appraisal District plans to introduce at your hearing.

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