Critical Dates for Filing Property Tax in Texas
If you own a home or commercial property in Texas, it is essential to stay up to date when paying your property tax bill. Texas has some of the highest property taxes in the nation, making it easy to fall behind on payments. If you miss your property tax bill payment, you will be subject to penalties, and additional interest, collectively known as delinquent property taxes. Here are some key dates to mark on your calendar to avoid these fees:
- January 1, 2022: This is the date your property will be assessed for the current tax year, 2022.
- January 31, 2022: This is the last day to pay your 2021 property tax bill without penalty and interest.
- February 1, 2022: Penalty and interest charges begin to accrue on unpaid taxes for the 2021 tax year. The combined penalty and interest rates begin at 7% on February 1st.
- April 1, 2022: This is when notices of appraised values for the current tax year, 2022, are mailed to property owners. This will determine the tax amount due by January 31, 2023.
- April 15, 2022: This is the last day to file your 2021 property tax rendition for business personal property.
- April 30, 2022: This is the last day to file various applications with your appraisal district (certain exemptions, requests, etc.).
- May 15, 2022: This is the last day to file a protest for Notices of Appraised Value (NOAV) sent before April 15, 2022. If the date on your NOAV is after April 15th, you have an extended deadline. Additionally, if May 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline falls on the next business day.
- May 31, 2022: This is the last day to make the third payment on quarter payment plans for accounts with over-65 and disability homestead, or qualified disabled veteran or surviving spouse exemption, or property in a declared disaster area. Payment after May 31, 2022 will result in a late fee.
- July 1, 2022: All delinquent accounts for the 2022 tax year are turned over to the taxing unit’s attorneys for collection. A collection penalty of 15% of the total unpaid balance is added to the current delinquent accounts.
- October 1, 2022: The 2022 property tax collection period begins. Tax Bills are mailed to real and personal property owners.
Delinquent property taxes result in significant penalties and interest, quickly adding up. Unpaid property taxes could even result in being sued by the county and losing your property to foreclosure. That is why it is essential to submit your paperwork and payments by the deadlines listed above to avoid any penalties and fees. However, there are options for paying your property taxes if you are delinquent.
Johnson & Starr can help reduce the stress of delinquent property taxes by paying the tax bill in full and creating a repayment plan based on your priorities. Learn more about our process – give us a call today at 800-203-9157.