TX HB 1228 – Data Requests Before Protests?

February 1, 2023

TX HB 1228 | 2023-2024 | 88th Legislature
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 9 2023 – 25% progression
Action: 2023-01-09 – Filed
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]Rep. William Metcalf [R]Effective Date: January 1, 2024.
Subjects: Taxation–Property-Appeal of Tax Decisions (I0796)    Taxation–Property-Appraisals & Appraisal Districts (I0792)

Proposal Only

What is House Bill 1228?

  • Relating to the right of a property owner or the owner’s agent to receive on request a copy of the information used to appraise the owner’s property for ad valorem tax purposes. Chief Appraiser and/or private appraisal firm shall provide electronically or by mail at the address designated by the property owner or agent a copy of the records, supporting data, schedules, and other material and information the owner or agent is entitled to inspect and copy under Subsection (a). A chief appraiser may not impose a fee for providing a copy of records, supporting data, schedules, or other material or information under this subsection.

Why does House Bill 1228 affect me?

  • Foreseen problems:

    – Providing data to any account (mineral, bpp, etc.) upon request before protest filing.

    – Sending electronically or by email no later than 15 days from delivery of the written request without the owner/agent’s written agreement for an extension.

    – Receiving confirmation of receipt to prove 15-day compliance.

    – Providing the records, supporting data, schedules, or other information as an inquiry before protest filing.

    – A future ARB hearing in connection with the request may not be conducted if the owner/agent’s written oath attesting requested information is not provided.

What solutions exist?

  • Amending bill to include “after a written protest is filed with appraisal district specifying a request for information.”

  • Portal access for the taxpayer with information readily available in coordination with the 25.19 appraisal notice of value. Account inquiry and protest retained for year-to-year comparison of appraisal values and supporting data, similar to the TNT Tax Website.

When Does House Bill 1609 affect me?

  • Effective date 01/01/2024

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Published On: February 1st, 2023 / Categories: Texas Legislation, Texas Legislature /

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