What to Know: May 15 Deadline to Protest 2021 Residential Property Tax Appraisals
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communication
Posted on April 06, 2021, April 06, 2021

2021 Property Tax Exemptions

Received your 2021 Notice of Appraised Value from the Tarrant Appraisal District recently?

Residential property owners have until May 15, 2021, to protest their appraisals online, by mail, by phone or in person. Even if you don’t have concerns about your home’s appraised value, now is good time to review your Tarrant Appraisal District account to ensure you are receiving all the property tax exemptions you are eligible for within the City of Arlington.

 Click here to learn about the Tarrant Appraisal District’s Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures.

 The Arlington City Council has authorized a variety of residential property tax exemptions, including the largest homestead exemption by state law of 20 percent of the property value. The City also offers a senior tax freeze as well as exemptions for those who are over 65, disabled veterans, disabled persons, and surviving spouses of U.S. Armed Forces members and first responders who are killed in action. Seniors over the age of 65 in Arlington may also be eligible to defer payments.

 An exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and lowers your taxes. For example, if your home and land is appraised at $200,000 and you qualify for a 20 percent homestead exemption, you will pay City of Arlington taxes on your property as if it was worth $160,000.

 In total, Arlington property owners had more than $5.6 billion in value exempt from property taxes in 2020 through the City’s allowed exemptions. That's about 13 percent of the $42.2 billion in total taxable value of all properties within the City for that year.

 The Tarrant Appraisal District is responsible for property tax appraisals, which may only increase a maximum of 10 percent for homestead properties.

 Because of rising property values, the City of Arlington has lowered its property tax rate for a fifth consecutive year to provide tax relief. The Council voted last September during the Fiscal Year 2021 budget approval process to reduce the City’s tax rate to $0.6225 per $100 of assessed value. The City’s property tax rate, which had remained flat for 14 years, has dropped by 2.5 cents in all since 2016.

 The City's tax rate makes up about 20 to 25 percent of an Arlington homeowner's total property tax bill, depending on the school district the resident's property is located in.

 Property owners may file an application for homestead, disabled, veteran and over 65 exemptions on the Tarrant Appraisal District website, https://www.tad.org/. There is no fee for filing a residence homestead exemption application. For questions, contact the TAD-Exemptions Division at (817) 284-4063 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 Click here to access TAD’s 2021 Application for Residential Homestead Exemption.

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