Property Tax Protection Program

Number Appealed to Binding ArbitrationSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Appeals
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number Determinations appealed 1 5 1 6

Texas property owners should protest annually since Texas has one of the best systems for appeals for property owners.

Jefferson County Appeals after ARB Hearing

Jefferson County has two types of property tax appeals, just like every county in Texas. Administrative appeals – includes the informal and appraisal review board. Post administrative – includes judicial, binding arbitration and State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). Post-administrative appeals are summarized by property type.

JCAD Binding Arbitration Cases – after ARB

Binding arbitration is a great option for owners of property valued at less $5 million (homesteads have no limit for binding arbitration), when there is a clear cut case on market value. The hearing officer is an attorney, appraiser, or CPA. In our experience, unequal appraisal is not usually considered in binding arbitration. The property owner must pay a deposit which is refunded if they prevail and lost if not.

Number Appealed to Binding Arbitration

Appealed to State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH)Source: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Appeals
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Appealed to SOAH

JCAD State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) – after ARB

SOAH (State Office of Administrative Hearings) have been an available option for over 10 years. However, there are very few judicial appeals. For example, in Texas in 2018 there were:

  • 1. 18 SOAH cases
  • 2. 4,667 binding arbitration cases, and
  • 3. 18,441 judicial appeals.
  • 4. O’Connor has declined to pursue SOAH cases.

Judicial AppealsSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Appeals
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Judicial Appeals 26 26 23 19 25 24 61

Jefferson County Judicial Appeals – after ARB

Jefferson County Appraisal District has a substantial number of judicial appeals in gross terms, but only a very small number relative to the total number of protests and accounts. Only about 1 in 500 accounts is protested through the judicial appeal level. (A judicial appeal is a lawsuit in state district court.)

Judicial appeals coordinated by O’Connor at no cost to you, except a portion of the savings, if any. O’Connor pays the legal fees, expert witness fees and filing fees, and is only paid when successful.

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