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By eg blogger on 5/18/2016 8:51 AM
Few people would ignore notices by mail from the IRS or their mortgage company, but many do not pay attention to notices sent by appraisal districts, local taxing authorities, or local courts.  This story from the Fort Worth Star Telegram illustrates what can go wrong when a property owner either disregards or does not receive these important notices.
By eg blogger on 5/6/2016 8:49 AM

Some property owners have been confused by information printed on their Notices of Appraised Value.  Specifically, the deadline to file a protest has been listed before May 31, sometimes as early as as May 2.  We have heard of this happening in many counties across the state, and we have fielded a lot of calls over the past week from owners who were concerned that their filing deadline was imminent or had already passed.  

Practically speaking, the deadline to file a protest is the later of May 31 or 30 days after the notice was delivered.  Unfortunately, the Texas Tax Code is unclear because it lists differing deadlines depending on whether the property is a residence homestead or not (See Texas Tax Code Section 41.44 (a)(1) and (a)(2)).  It requires filing protests for residence homesteads before May 1 or within 30 days after delivery, and protests for all other types of property are...
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