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How to Appeal Your Williamson County Property Taxes

by Goodlife on April 27, 2011

In 2010, the GoodLife Team helped our customers, clients and friends reduce their home values over $2 million cumulatively — saving over $50,812 in real estate taxes! “I encourage everyone to appeal their taxes. When people don’t appeal, the Williamson County taxing authority accepts that their value is correct. This affects all homeowners in a given area.” says Krisstina Wise. For that reason, we help people negotiate their property values in order to do our part to help keep our real estate taxing authority in line with market value.  Williamson county includes Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Leander, Liberty Hill, Georgetown, Hutto, and Taylor. The following video, while specific to Travis County, covers the fundamentals of appealing your property taxes. The process is essentially the same for Williamson County.  We give you quick tips and what to expect from both the Informal and Formal hearings at the Williamson County Appraisal District (WCAD), and what the difference is between the two hearings.

Why is Williamson county tax-assessed value different than market value?

The tax-assessed value is what Williamson county believes your home or condo is worth. Williamson county attempts to set their values at a market value. However, they do not evaluate comparables nor do they perform individual market analysis on every home. The county simply values your home according to the area, not the house. Meaning, the value may be too high or two low, depending on the size, location, amenities and condition of your specific home.

When should I receive my WCAD property valuation and how long do I have to appeal?

Williamson county mailed the majority of their property valuations on April 2nd. Most homeowners receive their valuation on or around April 5th. Homeowners have until May 4th, or 30 days from the date they receive their valuation (whichever is later), to appeal. You may appeal in person between 8am – 4pm.

Should I appeal my Williamson County property valuation?

If the market value on your home is lower than your tax-assessed value, then you should appeal. If the market value is higher, do nothing. How do you determine your market value? Use the GoodLife Team Market Snapshot to get an online evaluation of your home using real-time data from the Central Texas/Austin MLS. This tool is easy to use and we stand ready to answer any questions you may have regarding the data.

How do I appeal?

Williamson County has a protest form. However, you can type up or handwrite your protest and fax or mail it in. If you are going to write up your protest, be sure to include the following:

  1. Identify yourself as the homeowner
  2. Include the property address
  3. Indicate that you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the appraisal district
  4. Request the evidence packet for how they came up with your valuation – these are the comparable sales they are using for valuation purposes.

This year, some homeowners will be able to test out the new online protest system and may actually receive their settlement offer online. Click here for more information about this new program.

Prepare to Wait

After you have filed, it can take several months for the Williamson County Appraisal District to schedule your informal tax appraisal hearing.

Prepare to Present

The purpose of the informal hearing is for you to present your evidence and facts to support your claim that they have over-valued your Central Texas home or condo. We suggest the following as valuable evidence to compile for your hearing: Comparable Market Analysis

A comparable market analysis looks at Market Value and shows recent sales for homes that are similar to yours in size, age, location and type of construction. Your GoodLife Team Market Snapshot that you used to determine if you should appeal may provide enough evidence to support your hearing. However, we also stand ready to provide you with a more in-depth market analysis prior to your hearing.

Documentation Regarding Your Home’s Condition

Do you have foundation issues? Plumbing problems? Anything that would adversely affect the Market Value of your home should be documented. Take photographs and bring them with you to your hearing.

Documentation Regarding Your Home’s Location

Once again, anything that would adversely affect the Market Value of your home is evidence that you can use in your appeal. If your home backs up to a busy street, consider printing off a Google map to document your location.

Recently Purchased Homes If you purchased your home in the last several months, and the purchase price was lower than your appraised value, bring a copy of your settlement statement. Present Your Evidence

There are a couple of things to keep in mind for the day of your hearing:

  1. The Appraisal District is responsible for setting appraised value. They have nothing to do with the tax rate. You are not going to the hearing to protest your tax rate or how much you are paying in taxes. You are only appealing the counties assessed value of your home.
  2. Be polite and courteous.
  3. Bring an extra copy of your supporting documentation to leave with the county
For information on the Williamson County appraisal and appeal process, visit http://www.wcad.org/ or call 512.930.3787.

If you found this article valuable or have any further questions, please post your thoughts here. We will get back to you right away. And, if you successfully appeal your appraised value, we want to hear about that too.

Thanks! It’s a Good Life!

Reference:
Georgetown Texas (TX) Property Taxes – How to appeal property taxes in Georgetown, Tx (Texas)
Pflugerville Property Taxes – How to appeal property taxes in Pflugerville
Round Rock Property Taxes – How to appeal property taxes in Round Rock
Cedar Park Property Taxes – How to appeal property taxes in Cedar Park
Liberty Hill Property Taxes – How to appeal property taxes in Liberty Hill, TX
Hutto Property Taxes – How to appeal property taxes in Hutto
Taylor Property Taxes – How to appeal property taxes in Taylor
Pflugerville Property Taxes – How to appeal property taxes in Pflugerville
Neighboring Counties:
Appealing your Property Taxes in Travis County (Austin, TX, some parts of Pflugerville and Round Rock)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mr. Symond March 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Nice information of property tax thanks to share it.

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Mr. Boris June 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm

The Appraisal District is responsible for setting appraised value. They have nothing to do with the tax rate.

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TOM HUGONNETT June 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

I hired Oconner and associtates to challenge my taxes for four properties I own. However, I am selling two of them in July. One of which is my homestead. Should I go ahead or is it most likely a wash?

Tom

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Goodlife June 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hi Tom. We definitely recommend that you still go through with protesting your taxes even though you are considering selling soon. The reason being that lowering your property taxes will make the property more appealing and affordable to potential buyers, giving you an advantage in selling that most sellers tend to overlook.

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