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Values Are Coming May 1st and Other Related News

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Tarrant Appraisal District staff is working remotely under the “Stay Home and Work Safe” orders of Tarrant County and the City of Fort Worth.  As local cities, Tarrant County, the State of Texas, and our Nation work through the most important issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, TAD will postpone its presentation and mailing of 2020 value notices.  It is our intention to post the first round of 2020 values to TAD.org (https://www.tad.org) and mail value notices on Friday, May 1st.

Below are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we have received:

Q: Will the COVID-19 crisis have an effect on my 2020 market value?  A: State law sets the appraisal date as January 1, 2020 for all Texas appraisal districts.  TAD’s appraisals are based on local market data as of January 1, 2020.  Local market data presented to TAD that indicates the current health crisis has impacted your market value as of January 1, 2020 may be taken into consideration.

Q: How can I best avoid face to face communications with TAD staff during the current health crisis?  A: TAD encourages you to use our website, TAD.org (https://www.tad.org/), to view documents, file protests, file renditions, and negotiate your Residential market value.  See this article for more information.  Please mail any documents to our P.O. Box as listed on the forms you wish to submit.  Lastly, TAD staff is responding to direct emails and any inquiries regarding your particular issue submitted via “Contact Us” at TAD.org.

Q:  What is my protest deadline going to be for value notices mailed on May 1st?  A:  June 1st or 30 days from the date TAD actually deposits your value notice in the mail – whichever comes later.

Q:  What can I do now to prepare to protest when I see my 2020 value?  A:  Activate your TAD.org online account.  If your online account is not active yet and you were the owner as of January 1, 2019, use the Online Account PIN (PIN) located in the upper right hand corner of your 2019 value notice to login and create an account.  If you were not the January 1, 2019 owner but were the January 1, 2020 owner, your PIN was mailed to you recently with a Residential Sales Survey letter.  Filing your protest online will allow you to review the data used by TAD to value your account, submit an opinion of value and upload your value documentation to be reviewed by TAD and / or the Appraisal Review Board (ARB).

Q:  Can the General Homestead Exemption Application be submitted after April 30th?  A:  Yes, this application may be submitted and will be processed after April 30th.

Q:  How can I send my exemption application to TAD and how will I know if it’s been processed?  A:  Please mail your application to the P.O. Box listed on the form to “Attn: Exemptions Department”.  Exemptions that have been granted will appear in the “Exemptions” section at the bottom on an individual property’s detail page at TAD.org (please note: Per Texas Property Tax Code Section 25.027, the website does not include exemption information indicating that a property owner is 65 years of age or older).

Q:  How will TAD’s Commercial Real Estate department handle informal discussions?  A:  Informal discussions will begin the week of May 4th or the Monday following notice mailing.

Q:  Who should I call to schedule an appointment for a Commercial Real Estate informal discussion?  A:  Individual property owners should call the number printed on their value notice.  Property Tax Professionals will be notified directly of the date TAD will begin scheduling appointments.

Q:  What is the Business Personal Property rendition filing deadline and can it be extended?  A:  The deadline is April 15th however we will honor the extended deadline on all accounts automatically and will accept renditions as timely through May 15th.

Q:  When will Business Personal Property  value notices be mailed?  A:  Current plans are to begin mailing value notices in late May and continue throughout the summer until all taxable accounts are notified.

Please check back frequently as new questions will be answered, current answers may be updated, and TAD’s 2020 operations plan may be adjusted to meet any new challenges posed by current events.