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By eg blogger on 5/26/2012 12:31 PM

The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) released a report titled “Equal and Uniforma...sort-of” analyzing the results of performance audits in all the central appraisal districts across Texas.  The report, compiled the outcomes of reviews of local appraisal districts performed by the Property Tax Assistance Division (PTAD) of the State Comptroller’s Office. The study was done under a requirement in House Bill 8, which was passed into law three years ago.  The final review showed many districts were still far behind:  and specifically that 9.5% of districts lacked current maps, 9.1% did not have written procedures, and 16.2% had appraisal values that could not be reproduced.

By eg blogger on 5/24/2012 6:00 AM

Time is running out for valuation protests on Notices of Value from Appraisal Review Boards.  According to Texas Tax Code § 41.44, the deadline to file a Notice of Protest to the Appraisal Review Board is May 31 or thirty days from the date the Notice of Assessed Value is delivered, whichever is later.  Since most Appraisal Districts submit their notices well before May 1, the deadline to file a Notice of Protest is running out for most property owners.  For a free consultation regarding the value of your property, feel free to contact one of our attorneys.

By eg blogger on 5/23/2012 10:06 AM
According to a recent article in the Dallas Business Journal, Dallas County has seen an overall increase in property tax assessment by about 5%.  Although the protest season is just about to begin, the expectations are that the values should not be reduced to a point that results in an increased tax rate for the county.  However, only time will tell what the final values will be.

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Estes & Gandhi, P.C. 
By eg blogger on 5/18/2012 8:07 AM

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Garland Chamber of Commerce Business Expo held on May 30th, 2012 from noon to 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to all members and non-members.  The Expo will be held at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center in Garland, Texas.  We will provide information about the property tax services Estes & Gandhi provides.

For more information about this event, contact Jami Manners at the Garland Chamber of Commerce by phone at 469-326-7477 or by email at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Estes & Gandhi, P.C.

By eg blogger on 5/17/2012 8:00 AM

Last Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Encore Capital Group, Inc. announced their acquisition of Propel-Financial Services, LLC.  Encore purchased Propel for an estimated $187 million.  Propel will retain its name and Texas operations, and a seamless transition is being promised to its current customers.

By eg blogger on 5/16/2012 8:00 AM

A recent analysis by the American-Statesmen found that Travis County has kept millions of dollars over several years from taxpayers that have accidentally overpaid their property taxes.  Because many individuals and companies pay property taxes at the last possible moment, many invoices are overpaid or paid by two separate entities.  Although most taxing authorities take reasonable measures to refund the overpayments, the American-Statesmen found that the Travis County Tax Office took fewer steps than other taxing entities in the region.

By eg blogger on 5/15/2012 2:55 PM

Earlier this month, ex-gubernatorial candidate, Debra Medina asked Texas lawmakers to put a stop to property taxes.  In addition, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Harvey Hilderbran, also acknowledged that the next session of the Texas Legislature will be forced to discuss what Texas does with property taxes.

By eg blogger on 5/7/2012 9:32 AM

According to Judge Raymond Jackson of the Eastern District of Virginia, merely “liking” a page on Facebook is not considered speech that is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.  Judge Jackson notes that although other Facebook wall posts have been held as protected speech in other courts, merely “liking” a page was not enough expressive speech to be considered constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment.

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