Renditions and Protests

Property Rendition

A Property Retention is a report filed with the County Appraisal District Office, is due annually April 15th and lists all taxable property you owned or controlled on January 1st. This property includes furniture and fixtures, equipment, machinery, computers, inventory held for sale or rental, raw materials, finished goods, and work in progress.   You are not required to render intangible personal property such as cash, accounts receivable, goodwill, application computer software, and other similar items. If your organization, 501(c)(3), previously qualified for an exemption that applies to personal property, for example, a religious or charitable organization exemption, you are not required to render the exempt property.

Vehicle Rendition

A Vehicle Retention is similar to a Property Rendition regarding where you file and the due date, but the asset is your business vehicle(s).  Not all counties require separate renditions for certain types of businesses or specific assets like vehicles or airplanes. If required, you will need to list specific details for each of your business vehicle(s), such as owned, equipment mounted on the vehicle(s) and leased vehicle(s). 

Property and/or Vehicle Rendition Protest

If the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) at your County Appraisal District Office over-values your property or vehicle(s), you have the right to appeal the appraised value.  There are specific filings and compilations required and finding the right information can be tasking. 

What We Do

If you fail to file your rendition correctly before the deadline, you will incur late filing penalties, or even fraudulent charges if you unknowingly undervalued your property.  There are deadlines and requirements that need to be met to properly file your property and/or vehicle taxable assets.  If you do not file a rendition, the appraised value of your property will be based on an appraiser’s estimate using comparable business types and your property might end up overvalued.  PE CPA will research the required rendition filings by your County Appraisal District Office and make sure your assets are valued correctly. PE CPA can also request the court to excuse you from prepaying your taxes until the protest has been finalized.

Real Estate Property Tax Protest

If the County Appraisal District Office appraises your property at a higher value than in the previous year, you have the right to appeal the restated value. The new appraisal can also consist of errors causing your value to be inflated.  There are many reasons to protest, such as if you are planning on selling your home.  A very attractive deal to a buyer if the taxes on the home are less.  The #1 reason, you pay less taxes!  

Did you know if you lease a property and are required by the lease contract to pay the owner’s property taxes, you may protest the property’s value. The right to protest applies to leased land, buildings, and personal property.

What we do

When the economy grows, your local appraisal district increases values but when the economy declines, they are reluctant to reduce your valuation.  Every tax burden is different so you will need a custom, comprehensive and comparable analysis to address your objections. PE CPA can successfully navigate the rules, outline the property tax break you deserve, and gather evidence so you can reap the rewards.

You can appoint PE CPA to represent you in handling the analysis and hearings. The ARB has required rules for tax appeal hearings and PE CPA is experienced in following the rules, resulting in a positive outcome. 

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