How to Appeal and Protest Your San Antonio Property Taxes
The annual increase of property taxes is a significant burden that taxpayers face, and your most important right as a property owner is your right to protest your assessed value. During the San Antonio property tax protest, Alamo Ad Valorem uses an aggressive but fair approach to value utilizing a strong understanding of appraisal methods, the property tax laws, and skilled negotiation to effectively reduce the tax burden for our clients.
When you hire an Alamo Ad Valorem property tax consultant in San Antonio, we make easy work of commercial and residential protests. Allow our experienced staff to take this laborious work off your plate, handling everything from filing your property tax appeal in San Antonio, gathering all the evidence the appraisal district will use, researching sales and neighboring appraisals, to presenting before the district’s appraiser and/or appraisal review board.
Types of Properties We Serve
We are one of the leading property tax protest companies in San Antonio helping clients with all types of commercial and residential properties in Texas.
Our step-by-step process for a San Antonio Property Tax Protest
File the property tax appeal in San Antonio with the Appraisal District
On or before the filing deadline, Alamo Ad Valorem files the notice of protest with the San Antonio Appraisal District.
Request all data, schedules and evidence used to establish the initial assessed value
Shortly after the protest is filed, we file a formal request to San Antonio to hand over all data that was used to establish value. This allows us to identify any property characteristic errors and appraisal inequalities.
Request information from clients such as financials, photos, bids for repairs needed, etc.
Conduct a thorough sales & equity comparable analysis.
Use our analysis findings to create an opinion of value report
Attend an informal hearing to present our findings to a county appraiser
We schedule a meeting with the San Antonio Appraisal District to meet with an appraiser to discuss your case informally. If we come to an agreement, we sign a settlement agreement for a change of value.
Attend the scheduled formal hearing (if needed)
If we cannot come to an agreement of value, then we will meet with the San Antonio Appraisal Review Board and present our case before them. They will make a
determination of value during the meeting and send us an official order of determination via certified mail.
Inform clients of the results or next action recommendations
San Antonio Property Tax Rates & Taxes
The average San Antonio tax rate is 2.12%, and the median property tax bill is $2,484 per year for a home worth the median value of $117,100. San Antonio is currently ranked the 282 nd highest taxed county in the Unites States, out of 3,143 US counties.
The amount of San Antonio property taxes you must pay depends on a few factors, the first being the taxable valuation of your home. This is what Alamo Ad Valorem fights to reduce at a property tax protest in San Antonio. The second factor are the property tax rates established by each of your property’s taxing jurisdictions.
The final phase of the taxation process begins on October 1st of each year, Where the certified tax rolls are handed over to the tax assessor-collector who is responsible for assessing and collecting the San Antonio property taxes. It is important to note that that the San Antonio Tax
Assessor/Collector is NOT responsible for setting property values.
What is a property tax appeal?
A property tax appeal is a process by which taxpayers in the state of Texas can challenge their property value assessments and seek a reduction in their overall tax burden. This appeal process is facilitated through the office of the local county appraisal district, which serves as an administrative body that evaluates and sets property values for taxation purposes.
How do I know if my property in San Antonio is overtaxed?
The San Antonio Appraisal District conducts an annual mass appraisal of properties, they simply do not have the manpower nor enough time to individually assess each property. It is this reason that more often than not, your property may be overtaxed. A quick check you can do is compare the assessed value of your property with other comparable properties with similar characteristics, if your assessed value seems too high, you should file an appeal. Contact Alamo Ad Valorem and we can give you a free professional opinion of your property’s valuation and help with property tax reduction in San Antonio.
Are property tax appeal and property tax protest different?
No, they are often used interchangeably.
How long does the property tax protest process takes in San Antonio?
We always inform our clients that property tax protest in San Antonio could take up to 4 months from the date of filing, normally May 15th. Once we submit a property tax protest, the county is responsible for scheduling a formal hearing. Depending on the number of property tax appeals filed, this could drag the process a few months.
How will Alamo Ad Valorem help me?
We help our clients by lifting the entire burden of the tax appeal process entirety. This means handling everything from filing your property tax appeal, gathering all the evidence the appraisal district will use, researching sales and neighboring appraisals, to presenting before the district’s appraiser and/or appraisal review board. Contact a professional today!