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Tarrant property appraisals will be late because of coronavirus; protests still allowed

Tarrant property owners: Don’t worry about not getting this year’s appraisal notice in the mail yet.

Tarrant Appraisal District workers are at home, as required by stay at home orders amid novel coronavirus. They’re working to get the appraisals out around May 1.

“However, depending on local leadership and their orders, these plans could change,” said Jeff Law, chief appraiser for the Tarrant Appraisal District.

Generally, the notices are sent out in early April and the deadline to file a protest is May 15.



That deadline still stands, but Law said TAD will honour Fort Worth News protest filings up to June 1 because of the delay in sending out appraisal notices. He said everything is subject to change because of the uncertainty of COVID-19.

In past years, more than 650,000 notices have been sent to property owners in Tarrant County.

The appraisals will be based on local market data as of Jan. 1, Law said, because Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hasn’t waived or suspended laws regarding the appraisals.

“However, if local market data presented to TAD that indicates the current health crisis has impacted your market value as of January 1, 2020, that information may be taken into consideration,” he said.

TAD officials are still working on the appeals process and how it might work if there are still stay at home orders.

“I hope people will stay at home to do their part in bringing this health crisis to an end,” Law said. “Details are not finalized, but we are working on the processing of this appeal season.”

APPRAISAL NOTICES
The appraisal you will receive in the mail is not a bill.

Cities, counties, school districts and other taxing entities still have to set tax rates that will be used to calculate tax bills later in the year. After that, tax assessor collectors will send tax bills in October and payments will be made to those offices.

Anyone who believes their appraisal is higher than it should be may file a protest.

Last year, about 208,000 protests were filed, Law said.

To file a protest, property owners may send in the form that comes in the mail with the appraisal.

Law encourages people to file their protests online at tad.org.

“That would be the safest and healthiest approach,” he said. “And check back with our website after notices go out on the process of communication with the district about values.”

TAD also has an automated system online that may offer a Press Release Distribution Services In Fort Worth lower value than the one listed. Or it might approve a lower value that you suggest for your home.

Chandler Crouch, a real estate agent who helps people with their protests for free, said so much is up in the air about value protests.

“There’s a good chance that protesting may look completely different this year,” he said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen.”

But he said appraisal districts are making health their primary concern.

“They want to do what they can to avoid in-person protests as much as possible because of coronavirus,” Crouch said. “They’re going to accomplish that in a number of different ways. ... They are going to be as generous as they can justify. I believe that.

“Here’s my advice. If they are willing to settle and it’s fair or close to fair, accept it,” he said. “At the same time, you owe it to you and your family to make sure the value is fair. There will be a process in place to protest it.”

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