As far back as ancient Roman times, tax has been as much a fact of life as death. Like Caesar, commercial property taxes in Texas can seem intimidating and unavoidable. With so many factors affecting the amount of property taxes owed, it can be a confusing and overwhelming process. But just as Caesar conquered the known world, you too can conquer the world of Texas business property tax.
Instead of dreading the process, take a proactive approach and educate yourself on the ins and outs of the process. With the right knowledge and preparation, you can reduce your commercial property taxes bill.
So, let’s take a deep dive into the world of commercial property taxes in Texas, exploring everything from how properties are assessed to the steps you can take if you’re facing difficulty paying your taxes.
Being a vibrant and thriving state, Texas boasts a diverse range of businesses and commercial real estate. Therefore, the market value of your business property is the estimated price that it would sell for in a competitive and open market.
Now, put your buyer’s hat on and consider what you want to know when deciding if the market value is reasonable. Factors include location, economic conditions, supply and demand, and property-specific attributes such as size, condition, and amenities. You would also ask questions about the costs of owning the place – maintenance and repairs, management fees, insurance, etc.
The assessed value is generally the market value, in a commercial context, with a handful of exceptions. The most notable of which is an agricultural exemption relating to property utilized for agricultural purposes.
An equity appraisal ensures your property is valued comparably to similar properties. Being overworked and underpaid, assessors often rely on the mass appraisal approach. This method uses statistics and computer systems to estimate the value of properties based on a set of standard characteristics and market conditions.
It is designed to be a more efficient and consistent way of appraising large numbers of properties for property tax purposes. However, inaccuracies occur when the standards used in the model do not accurately reflect the specifics of individual properties.
Not only might you protest because of inaccuracies in the equity method, there is also a concept that your property shouldn’t be taxed more than a competing property, therefore you may be able to lower your property taxes, to below market value, by protesting via the equity method.
The average business owner is too busy focusing on their company to bother appealing an appraisal. However, with a flawed system and the exorbitant tax bills you receive each year, 2023 may be the year to change that.
Your neighbor may be getting a lower tax bill on commercial property they own simply because of the methodology, inaccurate data, or human error.
Investigate comparable properties in your district.
The first step in reducing commercial property taxes is understanding what impacts the value of your business property:
However much you may despise them, don’t fail to pay your commercial property taxes in Texas.
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