Property tax info, go ahead and read it

By Grace Everhart, Comanche County Tax Assessor-Collector

I thought and searched for a witty headline that would make you want to read this article - then realized when it comes to property tax, I should toss that idea and just tell you what I know.

June 30, 2022. Deadline for 2nd payment if you paid your 2021 taxes using the “Half-Pay Plan”; this is ½ of your taxes paid by November 30, 2021 and the remainder by June 30, 2022. Postmark date on your mailed envelope will also work. You can also pay online at www.texaspayments.com. For credit and debit cards there is an additional 2.5% convenience fee; this goes to the card processor and not to the tax office. The availability to do e-check is at the same website and it is $5 per account.

Notices of Appraised Value for 2022. Most of us have received our 2022 Notice of Appraised Value from the Comanche Central Appraisal District (CCAD). If you disagree with your value, the time to protest is on or before July 5, 2022. The CCAD provided information regarding online and in-person protest. This is only being mentioned in a property tax article because we see many unopened envelopes containing these notices in October and by the time you have received your 2022 property tax statement if you have not opened your Notice of Appraised Value and you are… not happy it is a lot more difficult to do anything about it.

Delinquent Taxes. If you have not paid your 2021 property taxes and it is your homestead property it is better to enter a Homestead Payment Agreement prior to July 1, 2022. On July 1, 2022 there will be 18% penalty and interest and 15% attorney fees. If you sign up and start your payment plan prior to July 1, 2022 it’s 15% penalty and interest and the 15% attorney fees are not yet included. This agreement is done at the Tax Office.

Deferral for Over-65 and Disabled. This office cannot give legal advice however, if you are over 65 or disabled or a disabled Veteran and have delinquent taxes or may have troubles with 2022 property tax you may be entitled to a deferral of tax on your homestead property. In layman’s terms a deferral means you do not have to pay your property tax and it stops the property tax attorneys from pursuing a law suit for delinquent taxes on your homestead property. The interest rate accrual is at a lower rate once you have applied – currently 5% interest vice the 33% discussed above. The paperwork is completed at CCAD and then sent to the tax office. The deferral ends (with the reduced interest amount) on the 181st day after you sell or pass away. It is transferrable to a surviving spouse over the age of 55. Any delinquent taxes assessed prior to the deferral remain at the higher penalty and interest rate.

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