Travis County Tax Office

Travis County filing lawsuits against delinquent property owners

July 5, 2022

The Travis County Tax Office is sending more than 19,000 delinquent property tax accounts totaling about $52 million to the county attorney to begin the foreclosure process.

In May, the tax office asked the county attorney to file almost 400 delinquent property tax lawsuits.

Among them are 181 personal property, 164 real estate and a few mobile home accounts totaling about $6 million in delinquent taxes.

“The county attorney has filed suit against 40 percent of these property owners, and we plan to continue to send the county attorney at least 100 delinquent accounts each week,” said Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. “We have done everything we can to resolve the delinquent accounts with property owners.”

The tax office sent letters and made phone calls in an attempt collect overdue property taxes. When property owners do not respond to repeated attempts to contact them, the tax office must forward  the accounts to the county attorney.

“The very last thing we want to do is take away property from their owners, and we offer them every opportunity to set up a payment plan, but they need to talk to us,” Elfant said.

To be fair to those who pay their taxes, Elfant adds, the county must pursue delinquent taxpayers.

Property tax funds a variety of services, including emergency services, schools, courts, parks, law enforcement, cities, and counties.

“Once we file a lawsuit, you can still pay your delinquent taxes along with penalty, interest and attorney fees right up to the moment the property is auctioned off,” Elfant said.

On May 18, the tax office released the Top 10 Delinquent Taxpayers. Only two businesses on that list have paid their delinquent taxes in full: Bird Rides Inc., owners of Austin rental scooters, and DM Estate LLC.

The Top 10 Delinquent Property Owners:

Owner Address Total Due
WC 1ST & TRINITY LP 99 TRINITY ST $718,465.44
DJCC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 7300 HART LN $549,056.52
TX AUSTIN MANOR LP 0000 BOYCE LN $274,722.75
OPTIMIST CLUB OF NORTH AUSTIN 1105 MORROW ST $223,978.91
WC 2101 W BEN WHITE LP 2101 W BEN WHITE BLVD $163,640.04
CCI EQUIPMENT LEASING LLC 4309 EMMA BROWNING AVE $161,280.27
BIRD RIDES INC
Update: paid in full 6/7/2022
VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Update: paid in full 6/7/2022
$147,195.17
View receipt (PDF)
WHITE ROCKS ENTERAINMENT LLC/
WHITE ROCKS ENTERTAINMENT LLC
0000 BARTON ESTATES PL (19 accounts)
0000 W STATE HY 71 (1 account)
$141,223.01
DM ESTATE LLC
Update: paid in full 6/14/2022
98 SAN JACINTO BLVD UNIT 2601
Update: paid in full 6/14/2022
$79,711.61
View receipt (PDF)
NAGOBICH FAMILY REVOCABLE TRUST 9913 N INTERSTATE HY 35 $76,175.79

 

NOTE: Property owners of commercial buildings may have tenants who are unaware of the delinquent tax bill. This list may change as owners come forward to make payments. This list will be updated as payments are collected. 

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