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Property Tax Litigation

Not happy with the Appraisal Review Board’s decision about your property value? The protest appeal process does not have to end with the ARB hearing result. There is another option to reduce the amount of taxes you pay.

You have 60 days from the date you receive your board order from the ARB to file an arbitration or litigation appeal. Republic Property Tax can help you prepare and present your case.

Binding Arbitration

In Texas, property owners have the right to fight back against the decision of an ARB appraisal. Instead of filing an appeal to state district court, you can file for binding arbitration.

In binding arbitration, you and the ARB present your evidence to a neutral third party who decides the final property value. Click here for a more detailed explanation of how the process works.

This decision is binding for both parties with no recourse to appeal.

Qualification for Arbitration

To be eligible for arbitration, your property must meet these qualifications:

  • The property in question must be real or personal.
  • The ARB must issue a determination on the appraisal or market value of the property or an unequal appraisal determination.
  • The property’s value cannot exceed $5 million unless there is a residential homestead exemption.
  • All property taxes must be paid and current on the property in question.
  • There must not be a lawsuit in district court for the same issue on the same property.

Arbitration Process

The arbitration process is simple.

Within 60 days of receiving an appraisal, you can file an arbitration request. As the property owner, you and the appraisal district have 45 days to settle or withdraw the property tax appeal or protest from the arbitration process. Once the 45-day period expires, the Comptroller’s office will assign an arbitrator to your case who will serve as a neutral third party.

The arbitrator sets the time, date, and location of the hearing where the appraisal district and you (or your representative) each present evidence to support their side of the case. At the end of the hearing, the arbitrator determines the value of your property based on the evidence presented.

You can read more about the arbitration process here. A successful outcome will lower your property tax value and maximize your tax savings.

Let Republic Property Tax Help

Filing for an arbitration hearing is the last option you have to lower your property taxes. Republic Property Tax has a staff of licensed Property Tax Consultants and Lawyers that will work hard to secure the lowest possible appraisal value for your property. Our experts can help you document and present your case to the arbitrator. 

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