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Homeowners are about to see their property values hit the rafters. Read More

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Everything is bigger in Texas — including taxes. Although every homeowner across the country is subject to real estate taxes, it seems Texans owe a lot more than most Americans, according to a new study from WalletHub. Read More

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Nada Gunter worries she will soon be taxed off her family land.

Ms. Gunter, a 58-year-old who lives on Social Security and disability, is among hundreds of Cherokee County residents who soon may not qualify for low property tax appraisals they have enjoyed for years.  Read More

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What the Texas Legislature calls tax relief looks like chump change when you break it down, raising this question: How much do taxes have to be cut to turn the heads of Texas voters? Read More

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A House leader on Wednesday proposed a $4.9 billion tax-relief package that would cut the sales tax rate to 5.95 percent, which he said would save the average family of four $172 a year. Read More

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Round Rock ISD officials are moving forward with a proposed tax exemption meant to spur business growth in the city. Read More

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The Nueces County Appraisal District sent out the first batch of 173,000 reappraisal notices and the bulk of property values are going up, officials said. Read More

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1.7 million property owners across Harris County are about to find out their home values are a lot higher than just a few months ago. Although that can be great for those trying to sell, it can be tough to swallow for taxpayers. Read More

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The  Senate approved a series of bills Wednesday that would reduce taxes by $4.6 billion, delivering on Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s early session promise to cut property and franchise taxes. Because Texas doesn’t have a statewide property tax, legislators can’t reduce the rates directly, but Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound authored two measures that would raise the homestead exemption. Read More

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Tax tactic

29 Mar 2015

In  his book "1984," George Orwell invented the language Newspeak, which satirized governmental hypocrisy. The Ministry of Love oversees torture and brainwashing and the Ministry of Plenty oversees shortage and famine. In Texas, the requirement of "equal and uniform" property taxation could be a phrase out of Newspeak. Read More

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Doug Gowin, of Jacksonville, owns an 18.3-acre plot of agriculturally-exempt land that has been in his family for three generations.

Gowin’s grandfather farmed it full time when it included more acreage. His father farmed it part time. Gowin planted stands of pine trees on it in 2001.

It’s small by farming and timber standards, but Gowin enjoys the property tax break the timber exemption provides and can look forward to a payday years into the future.  Read More

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Houston homeowners: Brace for it. You're about to receive your new property tax value from the Harris County Appraisal District, and you should expect an increase. Read More

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A bill introduced in the Texas legislature proposes an annual reimbursement for communities who have lost revenue from property taxes after exemption changes in 2009. Read More

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The investigation continues into how Vanessa Olivas, a former Howard County Tax Assessor Collector Employee, allegedly stole over $20,000 from residents trying to renew their vehicle registration. Read More

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Gary Borsch has been chair of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest non-profit business advocacy organizations in El Paso, for three months. Read More

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Vanessa Olivas a former employee of the Tax Assessor Collector's Office was arrested on Tuesday. She is being investigated for stealing thousands of dollars. According to the arrest affidavit, Texas Rangers were contacted by the Department of Motor Vehicles because of suspicious activity at the Howard County Tax Assessors Office. An unusual amount of voided and exempt transactions were being filed. Rangers interviewed 33-year-old Olivas whose ID code was on the transactions. Read More

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Three new bills up in the Texas legislature this year take aim at a passage in the tax code that counties are saying has sharply increased the number of lawsuits against appraisal districts in the state — and taxpayers are footing a $16.1 million bill to cover the litigation. Sands Stiefer, the chief appraiser for Harris County, said the city is currently dealing with 5,200 appraisal appeals, including 190 office buildings. "We've got 33 of 34 downtown high-rises in litigation for 2013, and all… Read More

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A Democratic state senator wants to do away with rich companies getting unfair tax breaks. Read More

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The Belton City Council unanimously approved a five-year tax abatement and development agreement with manufactured home company TRUmh at its Tuesday night meeting, attended by 13 people, the majority of whom were city employees. The agreements will incentivize the company to invest $6.3 million into expanding its manufacturing facility on Sparta Road. Read More

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The El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday appointed Ruben Gonzalez, a former regional manager for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, as the new county's tax assessor-collector.  Read More

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