Tax bills, receipts and payment plans are available online. February 1, 2016 is the 2015 property tax deadline. Penalty and interest, beginning at 7% of the unpaid balance will be added on February 2, 2016.

Read more about the Texas Property Tax System.

Dates

January 1st

Date that taxable values and qualification for certain exemptions are determined for the tax year (except for inventories appraised Sept. 1) (Secs. 11.42, 23.01, 23.12).  

Date a tax lien attaches to property to secure payments of taxes, penalties and interest that will be imposed for the year (Sec. 32.01).

Date that members of county appraisal district (CAD) boards of directors begin two-year terms; half the members begin two-year terms if the CAD has staggered terms (Secs. 6.03, 6.034).

Date that half of appraisal review board (ARB) members begin two-year terms (Sec. 6.41).

Deadline for chief appraisers to notify the Comptroller’s office of eligibility to serve as chief appraisers (Sec. 6.05).

Date rendition period begins; continues through April 15 for those property owners not requesting a filing extension (Sec. 22.23).

January 10th

If a tax bill from a previous year mailed after this date, the delinquency date is postponed (Tax Code Sec. 31.02).

January 31st

Deadline for the Texas Comptroller to publish the preliminary Property Value Study (PVS) findings, certify findings to the Texas Education Commissioner, and deliver findings to each school district (Government Code Sec. 403.302). NOTE: A qualified school district or property owner may protest preliminary findings by filing a petition with the Comptroller not later than the 40th day after the date (whether Jan. 31 or an earlier date) on which the Comptroller’s findings are certified to the Texas Commissioner of Education (Government Code Sec.403.303).

Last day for chief appraiser to deliver applications for agricultural designation and exemptions requiring annual applications (Secs. 11.44, 23.43). 

Last day for disabled or age 65 or older homeowners or disabled veterans, their surviving spouses or children qualifying for Sec. 11.22 exemptions to provide notice of intent to pay by installment and pay the first installment of homestead property taxes. This deadline also applies to partially disabled veterans and their surviving spouses with homesteads donated from charitable organizations (Sec. 31.031).

Last day for homeowners or qualified businesses whose properties were damaged in a disaster within a designated disaster area to pay one quarter of taxes if using installment payment option (Sec. 31.032).

Last day for a CAD to give public notice of the capitalization rate to be used in that year to appraise property with low and moderate-income housing exemption (Sec. 11.1825).

February 1

Last day for motor vehicle, vessel and outboard motors, heavy equipment and manufactured housing dealers to file dealer's inventory declarations (Secs. 23.121, 23.124, 23.1241, 23.127)

Date that taxes imposed the previous year become delinquent if a bill was mailed on or before Jan. 10 of the current year. Rollback tax for change of use of 1-d, 1-d-1, timber, and restricted-use timber land becomes delinquent if taxing unit delivered a bill to the owner on or before Jan. 10 of the current year (Secs. 23.46, 23.55, 23.76, 23.9807, and 31.02).

Deadline for chief appraisers in certain counties to provide notice regarding the availability of agreement forms authorizing electronic communication, on or before this date (or as soon as practicable) if delivering the form (Sec. 1.085).

February 15

Last day for county tax collector to disburse motor vehicle, vessel and outboard motor, heavy equipment and manufactured housing inventory taxes from escrow accounts to taxing units (Secs. 23.122, 23.1242, 23.125, 23.128).

February 28 (29 if leap year)

Last day to request separate appraisal for interest in a cooperative housing corporation (Sec. 23.19).

Last day for disabled or age 65 or older homeowners or disabled veterans, their surviving spouses or children qualifying for Sec. 11.22 exemptions to provide notice of intent to pay by installment and pay the first installment and provide the required notice if paying homestead taxes in equal installments.This deadline also applies to partially disabled veterans and their surviving spouses with homesteads donated from charitable organizations (Sec. 31.031).

March 31st

Last day for taxing units' second quarterly payment for the current year CAD budget (Sec. 6.06).

Last day for disabled or age 65 or older homeowners or disabled veterans, their surviving spouses or children qualifying for Sec. 11.22 exemptions to pay second installment on taxes. This deadline also applies to partially disabled veterans and their surviving spouses with homesteads donated from charitable organizations (Sec. 31.031).

Last day for homeowners or qualified businesses whose properties were damaged in a disaster area to pay first installment on taxes (Sec. 31.032).

Last day for qualified community housing development organizations to file listing of property acquired or sold during the past year with the chief appraiser (Sec. 11.182).

April 15th

Last day for property owners, or secured parties if applicable, to file renditions and property information reports unless they request a filing extension in writing (Sec. 22.23). NOTE: The Comptroller and each chief appraiser are required to publicize the legal requirements for filing rendition statements and the availability of the forms in a manner reasonably designed to notify all property owners of the law (Sec. 22.21).

April 30th

Last day for property owners to file these applications or reports with the CAD:

  • Some exemption applications (Sec. 11.43)
  • Notice to chief appraiser that property is no longer entitled to an exemption not requiring annual application (Sec. 11.43)
  • Applications for allocation under Secs. 21.03, 21.031, 21.05 or 21.055 (Sec. 21.09)
  • Applications for special appraisal or notices to chief appraiser that property no longer qualifies for 1-d-1 agricultural land, timberland, restricted-use timberland, recreational-park-scenic land and public access airport property (Secs. 23.43, 23.54, 23.75, 23.84, 23.94 and 23.9804)
  • Railroad rolling stock reports (Sec. 24.32)
  • Requests for separate listing of separately owned land and improvements (Sec. 25.08)
  • Requests for proportionate taxing of a planned unit development property (Sec. 25.09)
  • Requests for separate listing of separately-owned standing timber and land (Sec. 25.10)
  • Requests for separate listing of undivided interests (Sec. 25.11)
  • Requests for joint taxation of separately owned mineral interest (Sec. 25.12).

Last day for chief appraiser to certify estimate of the taxable value for counties, municipalities, and school districts (counties and municipalities can choose to waive the estimate) (Sec. 26.01). A school district may use this certified estimate when preparing the notices to adopt the budget and tax rate (Education Code Sec. 44.004).

Last day for property owners to file protest with ARB (or by 30th day after notice of appraised value is delivered, whichever is later) in connection with properties that are single-family residence homesteads; however, a property owner may file a protest before June 1 if the ARB has not approved the appraisal records (Sec. 41.44).

May 1st

Last day (or as soon as practicable thereafter) for chief appraiser to mail notices of appraised value for properties other than single-family residence homesteads (Sec. 25.19).

May 1st - 14th

Period to file resolutions with chief appraiser to change CAD finance method (Sec. 6.061).

May 1st - 15th

Period when chief appraiser must publish notice about taxpayer protest procedures in a local newspaper with general circulation (Secs. 41.41, 41.70).

May 15th

Last day for property owners to file renditions and property information reports if they requested an extension in writing. For good cause, chief appraiser may extend this deadline an additional 15 days (Sec. 22.23).

Date (or as soon as practicable thereafter) for chief appraiser to prepare appraisal records and submit to ARB (Secs. 25.01, 25.22).

May 19th

Last day for chief appraiser to determine whether a sufficient number of eligible taxing units filed resolutions to change CAD's finance method (Sec. 6.061)

May 24th

Last day for chief appraiser to notify taxing units of change in the CAD's finance method (Sec. 6.061)

May 31st

Last day for taxing units to file challenges with ARB (or within 15 days after the date the appraisal records are submitted to ARB (whichever is later) (Sec. 41.04).

Last day for disabled or age 65 or older homeowners or disabled veterans, their surviving spouses or children qualifying for Sec. 11.22 to pay third installment on taxes. Effective Jan. 1, 2014 and contingent on voter approval, this deadline also applies to partially disabled veterans and their surviving spouses with homesteads donated from charitable organizations (Sec. 31.031). Last day for homeowners and qualified businesses whose properties were damaged in a disaster area to pay second installment on taxes (Sec. 31.032).

Last day for property owners to file protests with ARB (or by 30th day after the date the notice of appraised value is delivered, whichever is later) in connection with a property that is not a single-family residence homestead (Sec. 41.44(a)(2)).

Last day for property owner to file a protest with ARB in connection with properties that are single-family residence homesteads if the ARB has not approved the appraisal records; otherwise the deadline to file a protest for single-family residence homesteads is before May 1 or by the 30th day after notice of appraised value is delivered, whichever is later (Sec. 41.44).

Last day for a religious organization that has been denied an 11.20 exemption because of the charter to amend the charter and file a new application or the 60th day after the date of notification of the exemption denial, whichever is later (Sec. 11.421).

Last day for taxing unit to take official action to extend the number of days for airplane parts to be exempt from taxation as freeport goods to 730 days (Sec. 11.251).

June 14th

Last day for chief appraiser to submit proposed budget for next year to CAD board and taxing units (unless taxing units have changed CAD's fiscal year) (Sec. 6.06).

June 30

Last day to form a taxing unit to levy property taxes for the current year (Sec.26.12).

Last day for taxing units to adopt local option percentage homestead exemptions (Sec. 11.13).

July 1st

Date that delinquent taxes incur total 12 percent penalty(Sec.33.01).

Last day for review and protests of appraisals of railroad rolling stock values (or as soon as practicable thereafter); once the appraised value is approved, the chief appraiser certifies to the Comptroller the allocated market value (Secs. 24.35, 24.36).

July 20th

Date ARB must approve appraisal records, but may not do so if more than 5 percent of total appraised value remains under protest. The board of directors of a CAD with a population of 1 million or more may postpone the deadline to Aug. 30 or increase the threshold percentage from 5 to 10 percent of the appraised value of properties not under protest (Sec. 41.12).

July 25th

Last day for Texas Comptroller to certify apportionment of railroad rolling stock value to counties, with supplemental records after that date (Sec. 24.38).

Last day for chief appraiser to certify appraisal roll to each taxing unit (Sec. 26.01).

July 31st

Last day for disabled or age 65 or older homeowners or disabled veterans, their surviving spouses or children qualifying for Sec. 11.22 to pay fourth installment on taxes. This deadline also applies to partially disabled veterans and their surviving spouses with homesteads donated from charitable organizations (Sec. 31.031).

Last day for homeowners and qualified businesses whose properties were damaged in a disaster area to pay third installment on taxes (Sec. 31.032).

Last day for property owners to apply for Sept. 1 inventory appraisal for the next year (Sec. 23.12).

August 1st

Date taxing unit's assessor submits appraisal roll and date that collector submits collection rate estimate for the current year to the governing body (or soon after as practical) (Sec. 26.04).

August 7th

Date taxing units (other than school districts and small taxing units) must publicize effective tax and rollback rates, unencumbered fund balances, debt obligation schedule and other applicable items (or as soon as practical thereafter) (Secs. 26.04, 26.052). Cities and counties that provide a property tax rate notice under Local Government Code Section 140.010 are exempt from the requirements of Tax Code Sections 26.04(e), 26.052, and 26.06 (Local Government Code Sec. 140.010).

August 14th

Last day for CAD board to pass resolution to change CAD finance method, subject to taxing unit’s unanimous consent (Sec. 6.061).

Last day for CAD board to pass resolution to change number of directors, method for appointing, or both, and deliver the resolution to each taxing unit (Sec. 6.031).

August 15th

Deadline for Texas Comptroller to certify final PVS findings to Education Commissioner (Comptroller Rule Sec. 9.4317).

August 30th

Date ARB must approve appraisal records for CADs in counties with populations of 1 million or more where the board of directors has postponed the deadline from July 20 (Sec. 41.12).

August 31st

If a tax bill is returned undelivered to a taxing unit by the United States Postal Service, a taxing unit must waive penalties and interest if the taxing unit does not send another tax bill at least 21 days before the delinquency date to the current mailing address furnished by the property owner and the property owner establishes that a current mailing address was furnished to the CAD for the tax bill before Sept. 1 of the year in which the tax is assessed (Sec. 33.011).

Last day taxing units may file resolutions with the CAD board to oppose proposed change in the CAD finance method (Sec. 6.061).

Last day for taxing unit entitled to vote for appointment of CAD directors to file a resolution opposing a change by the CAD board in the number and selection of directors (Sec. 6.031).

Deadline for an eligible dealer of motor vehicle inventory to file form with chief appraiser and collector to elect not to be treated as a motor vehicle inventory dealer for the next tax year (Sec. 23.121).

September 1st

Date that taxable value of inventories may be determined at property owner's written option (Sec. 23.12).

Deadline for a county or city to either publish the property tax rate notice in a general circulation newspaper or mail it to each property owner and post the notice on its website (Local Government Code Section 140.010).

September 14th

Last day for CAD board to adopt CAD budget for the next year, unless a district has changed its fiscal year (Sec. 6.06).

Last day for CAD board to notify taxing units in writing if a proposal to change a finance method by taxing units’ unanimous consent has been rejected (Sec. 6.061).

Last day for CAD board to notify taxing units in writing if a proposal to change the number or method of selecting CAD directors is rejected by a voting taxing unit (Sec. 6.031).

September 29th

Last day for taxing units to adopt tax rate for the current year, or before the 60th day after the date the certified appraisal roll is received by a taxing unit, whichever is later. Failure to adopt by these required dates results in a unit adopting the lower of its effective tax rate for this year or last year’s tax rate; unit’s governing body must ratify new rate within five days of establishing rate (Sec. 26.05).

October 1st

Date tax assessor mails tax bills for the year (or soon after as practical) (Sec. 31.01)

December 31st

Time when appraisal office may conduct a mail survey to verify homestead exemption eligibility (Sec. 11.47).

Last day for taxing units’first quarterly payment for CAD budget for next year (Sec. 6.06).

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.

Exemptions

Exemptions lower the taxable value of your property and your tax liability. For example, if your home is appraised at $100,000 and you qualify for a $10,000 exemption, you will pay taxes on $90,000 of the value.

General Homestead Exemptions

Owner Qualifications

  • An individual (not a corporation or other business entity)
  • Use the home as his or her principal residence on January 1st of the tax year
  • No other homestead

Property Qualifications

  • A separate structure, condominium or a mobile home located on owned or leased land,
  • Up to 20 acres of land, if the land is used as a yard or for another purpose related to the residential use of the homestead
  • Cannot be used for agricultural or commercial use.

Exemptions are administered by the Travis Central Appraisal District. Apply for your General Homestead Exemption online for free. To request your Owner ID and PIN, contact the Travis Central Appraisal District.

Over-65 and Disabled Person Homestead Exemptions

Eligibility

If you are 65 years of age or older, you qualify for the Over 65 Homestead Exemption. If you turn 65 after January 1st, you receive the exemption for the entire year.

If you meet the Social Security Administration definition for disabled and receive disability benefits under the federal Old Age, or Survivors and Disability Insurance Program you may qualify for the Disabled Person Homestead Exemption.

Exemptions are administered by the Travis Central Appraisal District. Apply for your Senior Homestead Exemption online for free. To request your Owner ID and PIN, contact the Travis Central Appraisal District.

School Tax Ceiling

The homestead tax ceiling is a limit on the amount of school taxes you must pay on your residence. When you qualify your home for an Over-65 or Disabled Person Homestead Exemption, the school taxes on that home will not increase as long as the exemption is in place. The tax ceiling freezes your school taxes at the amount you pay in the year that you qualify for the exemption.

The school taxes on your home may go below the ceiling, but not above. If you improve the home (other than normal repairs or maintenance), the tax ceiling may be adjusted to account for the value of the new additions (i.e.: a new garage, extra room or other fixed structure that adds value).

Transferring a Tax Ceiling

A tax ceiling can be transferred from a homestead you recently sold to your new homestead. Contact the Travis Central Appraisal District.

Deferrals

What is a deferral?

A deferral is available to taxpayers who have a senior or disability exemption on their residence homestead. It allows taxpayers to postpone paying their property taxes for as long as they live in their residence homestead.

Are deferred taxes delinquent?

Yes.

Do deferred taxes have penalty and interest?

Interest is assessed at a rate of 8% per year. No penalty is assessed. After the deferral ends, the taxes must be paid within 180 days at 8% interest. On the 181st day, regular penalty and interest is assessed and collection activities begin.

Does my mortgage company have to honor a tax deferral?

No. Most mortgage companies have language in their contracts requiring payment of taxes in full each year. Check with your mortgage company to determine if they will honor a deferral on your homestead.

When does a deferral begin?

A deferral begins when a taxpayer files a Tax Deferral Affidavit(Español) with the Travis Central Appraisal District.

When does a deferral end?

A deferral can end when:

  • the owner requests removal of the deferral
  • the owner no longer qualifies for a homestead exemption
  • the owner is deceased

Does my surviving spouse qualify to keep the deferral?

A surviving spouse, age 55 or older, can contact the Travis Central Appraisal District to request that the deferral be continued.

Disabled Veteran Exemptions

10% or More Disability Rating

Veterans who are 10% disabled or more qualify for a Disabled Veteran Exemption that can be applied to any property. The exemption can also be transferred to the surviving spouse.

Exemptions are administered by the Travis Central Appraisal District. Apply for your Disabled Veteran exemption online for free. To request your Owner ID and PIN, contact the Travis Central Appraisal District.

100% or Unemployable Homestead

Veterans who are 100% disabled or are unemployable are exempt from paying property taxes. The exemption can also be transferred to the surviving spouse.

Exemption Qualifications:
  • Own a home and occupy it as your residence homestead
  • Receive 100% disability compensation from the US Department of Veterans Affairs for a service-connected disability
  • Have a disability rating of 100% or of individual unemployability
Surviving Spouse Qualifications:
  • The surviving spouse has not remarried
  • The property was the residence of the surviving spouse when the veteran died
  • The property remains the homestead of the surviving spouse

Exemptions are administered by the Travis Central Appraisal District. Apply for your 100% Disabled Veteran Homestead Exemption online for free. You will be asked to include proof of 100% disability or unemployability, as determined by the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs, to the Travis Central Appraisal District.

 

Where can I find information about property value, approval of exemption applications, square footage, plat maps, or protesting the value of a property!?

The Travis Central Appraisal District is responsible for listing property and ownership information, estimating value, provinding plat maps, and assisting taxpayers with the protest process. 

How do I change the address or ownership records for a property?

Ownership and address information is recorded by the Travis Central Appraisal District. Once you have made a change with their office, it will be sent to the Tax Office in about 30 days. If you need a bill or receipt mailed to your new address immediately, search for your property online or contact us.

How do I get a copy of my tax bill or receipt?

Search for your property by name, address or account number. Locate the original tax bill, current tax bill, and receipts using the links on the account details page. Contact us for bills by mail, e-mail and fax.