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Formal Hearings Lawyer
in Austin, TX
Formal hearings are slightly different than informal hearings in that there are more people involved. With the informal hearing, participants include the staff appraiser and property owner. With a formal hearing, participants include three members of the appraisal review board (ARB), a staff appraiser from the appraisal district and the property owner.
What is a formal hearing?
If you are dissatisfied with the appraised value or feel there are errors in records related to your property, you can file a protest. This is done by completing Form 50-132, Notice of Protest with the ARB.
Much like the informal hearing, after filing your protest, you will receive notice of the formal hearing with the ARB. At this hearing the ARB will listen to the property owner and the staff appraiser. It is at this time that you will discuss your objections to your property value. After, both sides have presented their evidence, the ARB will render its decision. The decision is not nonnegotiable, however, it can be appealed in a Texas district court.
As we had mentioned before, most appraisal districts, will have an informal hearing with you prior to a formal hearing, to resolve the issue. Protesting the assessed value of your property taxes can be a very complex undertaking with numerous steps. Call Bukowski Law Firm today, we have the experience, skills, and resources necessary to obtain the best result for your property.