Protesting Value - Frequently Asked Questions
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1. How do I protest my value?
Beginning on May 1st, to protest an appraisal value set by DCAD, a taxpayer must notify the appraisal district in writing by May 31 or 30 days from the date of the Notice of Appraised Value. It must be delivered in person to our office before the 5:30 p.m. May 31, 2011 or bear a post office cancellation mark by midnight May 31, 2011. Please check the deadline dates on your Business Personal Property Notice of Appraised Value/Notice of Protest form for protest deadlines on these properties. If the Appraisal District mailed you a Notice of Appraised value, you may complete the protest portion of the notice, attach documentation you want considered, and mail to the address on the form. If the appraisal district did not mail a Notice of Appraised Value, a protest may still be filed. ? The Appraisal District has an online Protest Program. The uFile Online Protest can be accessed through your account via www.dallascad.org by selecting uFile Online Protest. You may request your individual PIN # through the uFile system for easy access. ? The Appraisal District website has a printable protest form that can be accessed from your account via www.dallascad.org. Print and complete the protest form and attach documentation you want considered and mail to the address on the form. ? The Appraisal District can send you a Notice of Protest form when you request this by phone. Complete the protest form and attach documentation you want considered and mail to the address on the form. ? The Appraisal District will accept a protest letter. The letter should state the property owner's name, identify the subject property (by account number or property address) and indicate the nature of the protest. The letter along with documentation should be mailed to Dallas Central Appraisal District, 2949 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75247. NOTE: The Appraisal District does not accept protest filings by facsimile or email submissions. Once the written protest is received, a hearing is scheduled by the ARB. The ARB will give you at least 15 days notice of the date, time and location of your hearing. The Appraisal District will also send you a copy of Property Taxpayer?s Remedies (a publication of the State Comptroller's Office), a copy of the ARB hearing procedures, and a statement that you have the right to inspect the information that the Appraisal District plans to introduce at your hearing. There may be a charge for some of this information. If you fail to file a protest on time, your options are limited.
2. What is the Appraisal Review Board?
The Appraisal Review Board or ARB is a group of private citizens authorized by state law to resolve protest disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district. An ARB is established for each appraisal district in the State of Texas. ARB members are appointed by the Appraisal District's Board of Directors for two-year terms. Although the Appraisal Review Board is funded by the Appraisal District and appointed by its Board of Directors, it is a separate authoritative body. No employees or officers of the Appraisal District or the taxing units it serves may be a member of the ARB. To qualify for service on the ARB, an individual must be a resident of the Appraisal District for at least two years prior to taking office. Any person who is a former member of the governing body or officer or employee of a taxing unit, or is a former director, officer, or employee of the Appraisal District is ineligible to serve. Also the persons close relatives cannot work as professional tax agents or tax appraisers within the Appraisal District. ARB members also must comply with special conflict of interest laws.
The ARB determines taxpayer protests and taxing unit challenges. The ARB also determines if the Chief Appraiser has properly granted or denied exemptions and agricultural appraisals. The ARB's decisions are binding only for the year in question. The ARB begins protest hearings around May 15 and finishes by mid July. The ARB meets throughout the year on a monthly basis to carry out supplemental duties. ARB meetings are open to the public. The ARB establishes its own Procedures and Rules that govern its operations. The ARB typically meets at the Appraisal District office. There are ninety (90) members on the ARB of Dallas County.
3. What is an Appraisal Review Board hearing?
If you, as a property owner, decide to file a protest with the ARB you will be scheduled for a formal protest hearing before the ARB. At the hearing you will be presenting your appeal before a small hearing panel consisting of three (3) ARB members. The ARB hearing panel will give you approximately 5-7 minutes to state your case and present your evidence. The Appraisal District appraiser will be given approximately 5-7 minutes to present the Appraisal Districts case and their evidence. The ARB hearing panel will then deliberate the evidence presented and will make a recommendation of value on the evidence presented at the hearing. The ARB hearing panel will state their final opinion of value at the hearing. The hearing process typically takes about fifteen (15) minutes.
4. Can anyone attend an ARB hearing?
Yes. The ARB hearings are open to the public and a hearing schedule is posted daily at the DCAD.
5. What information do I need for a protest hearing?
The ARB and the Appraisal District have both adopted a set of Standards of Documentation that a property owner and/or agent must bring to an ARB protest hearing or to an informal review with an Appraisal District appraiser. The Standards of Documentation outlines the required documentation for residential real estate, commercial real estate, and business personal property.