General Protest Timeline
- The Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD for short) assesses every property in the district. (January – March)
- Next, the county mails out notices to homeowners of the appraisal value of their property for that year (End of March – Beginning of April)
- You have 30 days from the time you receive the notice, or by May 15 to file a protest.
- The homeowner can file the protest online and will receive a date for their protest hearing. OPTC can still be contacted to attend the hearing on behalf of the homeowner.
- The homeowner can go to the informal protest meeting, and if they are not satisfied with HCAD’s decision. They should request a formal hearing with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB). OPTC can still be contacted at this time to represent the homeowner at the ARB hearing.
The property tax protest process requires several steps:
- Assessment of your property’s value, research of comparable properties within your neighborhood.
- Filing the protest through the right channels.
- Setting up and taking time to meet with the appraisal representative or board members.
- Lastly, presenting the case for your property taxes to be lowered.
OPTC has all the resources and years of experience to represent the home owner and give them the best chance of reduction of their property taxes.
There are no upfront costs, and most importantly no cost to you unless we reduce your property taxes.