Harris Central Appraisal District

Harris Central Appraisal District Mails Property Value Notices

The Harris Central Appraisal District has mailed property value notices to many residential property owners and is following with commercial and industrial value notices. “We are again seeing a large number of residential and commercial properties in Harris County increasing in value this year,” said Roland Altinger, chief appraiser.  “Residential properties are still in high demand and have gone up an average of about 16 percent in value, and commercial properties are following along the […]

HCAD Encourages Homeowners to Take Advantage of Homestead Exemptions

The Harris Central Appraisal District is encouraging homeowners to make sure they have the homestead exemptions they are entitled to. “One of the easiest ways a homeowner can lower their property tax bill is to file a homestead exemption and apply for any other exemption they might be eligible for,” said Roland Altinger, chief appraiser.  “The state tax code mandates certain exemptions and many jurisdictions offer optional or additional percentage exemptions.” A homestead is generally […]

HCAD Offers Business Personal Property Rendition Help

The Harris Central Appraisal District (HCAD) has begun the process of mailing personal property rendition forms to businesses known to have been operating in Harris County during 2022. The appraisal district will continue offering its free rendition workshop sessions to help business owners complete the required personal property rendition forms before the April 17 filing deadline.  The deadline is usually April 15, but because that date falls on a Saturday this year, the filing deadline is […]

Agricultural Productivity Valuation Application Required

The Harris Central Appraisal District is mailing agricultural applications to property owners in five school districts to verify those owners still qualify for agricultural or timber productivity valuations. The application packet will come by certified mail requiring a receipt signature. Property owners must complete and return the application and the HCAD Agricultural/Timber User Questionnaire by April 30 in order to requalify for the agricultural/timber valuation.  Separate applications must be filed for each account covered by […]

Homeowners Have Payment Options For Property Taxes On Appreciating Home Values

Texas homeowners may postpone paying the currently delinquent property taxes due on the appreciating value of their homes by taking advantage of a payment option called “residence homestead tax deferral” and filing a tax deferral affidavit at the Harris Central Appraisal District. This tax relief allows homeowners to pay the property taxes on 105 percent of the preceding year’s appraised value of their homestead, plus the taxes on any new improvements to the homestead.  The […]

Deferred Property Tax Payments

Texans who are age 65 or older or who are disabled as defined by law may postpone paying current and delinquent property taxes on their homes by signing a tax deferral affidavit at the Harris Central Appraisal District office. Once the affidavit is on file, taxes are deferred – but not cancelled – as long as the owner continues to qualify for the exemption.  Taxes accumulate with 5 percent interest per year.  The law extends […]

HCAD To Change Name

The Harris County Appraisal District will change its name to the Harris Central Appraisal District effective January 1. The board of directors voted at the August meeting to change the name to replace “County” with “Central” in the district’s name.  Other than the name, there will be no changes. “The district has been working since that August 17 board meeting to change all the forms, email, letterhead and signage so that it would be completed […]