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Dates and Definitions

For your convenience, the following is a list of pertinent dates concerning your property taxes. Also included are the industry definitions to make it easier to understand the code. All links in the calendar are to the applicable sections of the Texas Property Tax Code.

  • Please note: Taxes are due upon receipt of the tax notice but may be paid without penalty and interest until January 31st (unless that date falls on a weekend in which case the due date is the next business day). On February 1st, penalties and interest begin to accrue at 7% and increase monthly until taxes are paid in full. Click here for payment options.

Dates

  • January 1st
    Except for inventories appraised on September 1, taxable values and qualification for certain exemptions (11.421) are determined as of January 1st (23.01).
    A tax lien is attached to property to secure payments of taxes, penalties, and interest that will be imposed for the year (32.01).
    The rendition period begins and continues through April 15 (22.23).
  • January 31st
    Property taxes must be paid on or before January 31st each year to be considered paid on time. The delinquency date is postponed if a tax bill was mailed late or if the 31st of January falls on a weekend. In that case, the new due date is the next business day. (31.04).
  • January 31st
    Deadline for disabled and 65-or-older homeowners (31.031) to pay the first quarter installment of their homestead property taxes. A Letter of Intent must be filed with the first installment.
    This is also the last day for motor vehicle (23.121), boat (23.124), heavy equipment (23.1241), and manufactured housing dealers (23.127) to file an inventory declaration with the chief appraiser and the county tax assessor-collector.
  • March 31st
    This is the last day for disabled and 65-or-older homeowners (31.031), or those whose homes are located in a designated disaster area and were damaged in the disaster (31.032), to pay the second quarter installment of their homestead property taxes.
  • April 15th
    This is the last day that property owners may file renditions and property information reports unless they request an extension for good cause. Property regulated by the Public Utility or Railroad commissions is excepted (22.23).
  • April 30th
    Deadline for taxing units to adopt local-option percentage homestead exemptions (11.13).
    It is also the deadline for property owners to file the following applications or reports with the central appraisal district:
      - Some exemption applications (11.43)
      - Notice to the chief appraiser that a property which does not require an annual application is no longer entitled to an exemption (11.43)
      - Applications for l-d and l-d-l agricultural land, timberland, recreational-park-scenic land, and public access airport property, special appraisal or notices to the chief appraiser that the property no longer qualifies (Chapter 23).
      - Railroad rolling stock reports.
      - Requests for separate listing of separately owned land and improvements.
      - Requests for proportionate taxing of a planned unit development property.
      - Requests for separate listing of separately owned standing timber and land.
      - Requests for separate listing of undivided interests.
      - Requests for joint taxation of separately owned mineral interest .
      - Renditions for property regulated by the Public Utility or Railroad commissions. (22.23)
  • May 1st
    Deadline for central appraisal districts with overlapping boundaries to agree on the proposed value of a property located in those districts. If they have not reached agreement by this date, the average appraised value proposed by each district will be used.
    The chief appraiser must publish a notice of protest procedures in a local, general circulation newspaper some time between May 1 and May 15.
  • May 15th or as soon after as is possible
    The chief appraiser mails out notices of appraised value and denials of exemption or special appraisal. (25.19)
  • May 31st
    Deadline for property owners to file a protest with the appraisal review board. If the appraisal value was delivered after May 1, then the deadline is 30 days after the notice was delivered.
    This is also the last day that taxing units may file a challenge with the appraisal review board. If the appraisal review board received the appraisal records after May 15, then the deadline is 15 days after the records were delivered.
    This is the last day for disabled and 65-or-older homeowners (31.031) to pay the third quarter installment of their homestead property taxes.
    Religious organizations which wish to amend their charters and file new applications for (Sec. 11.20) exemption must do so by this date, or within 60 days of exemption denial, whichever comes later.
  • July 1st
    Delinquent taxes incur total 12 percent penalty. Penalty ceases to increase, but interest continues to accrue at 1% monthly until taxes are paid.
  • July 20th
    The appraisal review board must approve appraisal records by this date unless more than five percent of the total appraised value remains under protest.
  • July 25th
    Deadline for the chief appraiser to certify an appraisal roll to the taxing units.
  • July 31st
    Deadline for property owners to apply for a September 1st inventory appraisal for property taxes.
    This is the last day for disabled and 65-or-older homeowners (31.031), or those whose homes are located in a designated disaster area and were damaged in the disaster (31.032), to pay the final quarter installment of their homestead property taxes.
    Date taxing unit submits appraisal roll and collection rate estimate for the current year to the governing body (or soon after).
  • August 8th
    All taxing units must publicize the effective tax rate, rollback rate, debt obligation schedule, unencumbered fund balances, expected revenue from the local-option sales tax, county criminal justice mandate and transfer of department, function or activity information by this date or soon after. In Travis County, the Travis County Tax Office publishes effective tax rates for most jurisdictions.
  • August 31st
    This is the last day that a property owner may give a correct billing address to the appraisal district. (33.011 [b]{1}) Address corrections must be submitted in writing. If the tax bill has not been sent to the correct billing address at least 21 days before the delinquency date, penalties and interest are waived.
    Taxing entities must adopt a tax rate by this date or soon after.
  • September 1st
    The taxable values of inventories may be determined by this date, at the property owner's option.
  • October 1st
    Tax assessors must mail tax bills by this date or soon after (31.01). The Travis County tax assessor-collector collects on behalf of over 110 taxing units. Typically, some governing bodies do not adopt tax rates until October. Tax bills are prepared and mailed as soon thereafter as possible.
    The process is usually complete by early November. If you do not receive a tax bill by late November, contact the Tax Office. Contact information is available here.
  • December 31st
    The chief appraiser may conduct a mail survey to verify homestead exemption eligibility during this month (11.47).
    Most mortgage companies pay taxes by December 31st so that owners may take advantage of the IRS deduction.

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Definitions

  • Ad Valorem
    • According to value.
  • Ad Valorem Taxes
    • A tax levied in proportion to the value of the thing(s) being taxed. Exclusive of exemptions, use-value assessment provisions, and the like, the property tax is an ad valorem tax.
  • Homestead
    • A building occupied by the owner of the freehold and his or her family, with the primary intention of making it their home, together with the parcel of land on which it stands and the other improvements attached to it.
  • Improvements
    • Buildings, other structures, and attachments or annexations to land that are intended to remain so attached or annexed, such as sidewalks, trees, drives, tunnels, drains, and sewers.
  • Jurisdiction
    • The right and power to interpret and apply the law; also, the power to tax and the power to govern. The territorial range of authority of control.
  • Lien
    • The legal right to take or hold property of a debtor as payment or security for a debt.
  • Parcel
    • A contiguous area of land described in a single legal description or as one of a number of lots on a plat; separately owned, either publicly or privately; and capable of being separately conveyed.
  • Pulled
    • Property is no longer available for sale due to payment or legal reasons.
  • Real Property
    • Consists of the interests, benefits, and rights inherent in the ownership of land plus anything permanently attached to the land or legally defined as immovable; Also called "realty."
  • Struck Off
    • Property did not sell on the original sale date and may be available for resale.

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