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April 2, 2014

Updated property tax info available for Texas taxpayers

New and updated property tax information has just been compiled by Parker County Appraisal District and is available now to assist taxpayers. This property tax information is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions and appraisals and is of value to select groups such as disabled veterans and persons who are 65 years of age or older.

“Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, disabled veteran, or a taxpayer, it’s important you know your rights concerning the property tax laws,” said Larry Hammonds, chief appraiser of the Parker County Appraisal District. “You can contact us about any property tax issues with full confidence that we will provide you the most complete, accurate and up-to-date information to assist you.”

This includes information about the following programs:

Property tax exemptions for disabled veterans

The law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by veterans who are disabled, spouses and survivors of deceased disabled veterans and spouses and survivors of military personnel who died on active duty. The amount of exemption is determined according to percentage of service-connected disability. The law also provides a 100 percent exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans and their surviving spouse.

Property tax exemptions

Non-profit organizations that meet statutory requirements may seek property tax exemptions and must apply to their county appraisal district by a specific date. Businesses that receive tax abatements granted by taxing units, firms that ship inventory out of Texas, and businesses that acquire pollution control property may also be eligible for statutory exemptions.

Rendering taxable property

If a business owns tangible personal property that is used to produce income, the business must file a rendition with its local county appraisal district by a specified date. Personal property includes inventory and equipment used by the business. Owners do not have to render exempt property such as church property or an agriculture producer’s equipment used for farming.

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