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How the Property Tax System Works in Texas
- The Williamson Central Appraisal District and/or the Travis Central Appraisal District determines the value of all properties, grants exemptions and certifies values to the taxing units.
- The governing bodies of taxing units, such as the School Board or City Council, review budgets and then set the tax rates, which determine how much taxes are due on each property.
- The Tax Assessor-Collector calculates how much you owe for each taxing unit, prepares and sends bills, collects monies due and disburses the funds to the appropriate taxing unit.
You do NOT have to pay a fee to file a homestead exemption. Please contact the Williamson Central Appraisal District or the Travis Central Appraisal District concerning any corrections in ownership, valuation or exemptions.
Timely Payment Of Property Taxes
Property taxes are due upon receipt. You have from October 1, of the current year through January 31, of the next year to pay Current Year Taxes without penalty or interest. Action by Mail is timely if:
(1) it is sent by regular first-class mail, properly addressed with current postage prepaid; and (2) it bears a post office cancellation mark of a date earlier than the specified date due. If you wait until the last day of the month, please make sure all requirements are met. There are no exceptions. On February 1, all unpaid current year taxes become delinquent. Penalty and interest are added to the original base amount and continue to increase until taxes are paid.
If before the delinquency date of February 1 an individual who is disabled or at least 65 years of age and is qualified for an exemption under Section 11.13(c) pays at least one-forth of a taxing unit’s taxes imposed on property that the person owns and occupies as a residence homestead, accompanied by notice to the taxing unit that the person will pay the remaining taxes in installments, the person may pay the remaining taxes without penalty or interest in three equal installments. The first installment must be paid before April 1, the second installment before June 1, and the third installment before August 1.
By Law, the Tax Assessor-Collector cannot waive penalty and interest on delinquent taxes, adjust values, or ignore deadlines established in the Texas Property Tax Code.