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Old 07-08-2017, 09:48 PM
Location: Stone Oak, San Antonio
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So, this really is two different rants. First of all, I have never understood why when you buy a home in Texas that when you go to the settlement table, why don't *both* parties come to the table with prorated portions for the current year tax assessment. I mean, if is after 5/31, then you know what the tax bill will be, assuming that the estimate is actual if the settlement is after 5/31.

If you buy a home after 5/31, you are at a disadvantage as you have no opportunity to contest the assessment for the portion remaining in the year. Stupid system because I noticed that the sq footage was wrong right away once I got the bill. It was in the county's favor.

Fast forward to the next year, and once contesting 2016 taxes was over, I proceeded to contest the 2015 taxes I overpaid. In my case, they agreed and I was assured that I would be getting a check, but the assessment office had no knowledge of how long it would take. Fair enough. I would wait. I get the 2017 assessment, and I decide to contest it as well.

While I am down there, I inquire about the check I am owed for 2015 overpayment. I'm informed that I will have to direct my question to the tax office across the street. I find a person to talk to, and they figure out that they sent me a check in December 2016. Where did they send the check? To my prior address! I have no idea how they even got the address, or what made them conclude to send it there.

So, I'm told I will have to get an affidavit form filled out and notarized in order for them to reissue the check. Even though I don't agree that I should have to go through so many hoops to correct *their* mistake, I go through it and bring it down to the tax office on 7/3.

My phone rings on 7/6. It's the tax office. They want to clarify which address to send the check to!

P.S., the only conclusion I can reach as to how they got my old address was that I must've not been done with my stack of checks printed with my old address on it when I sent in my first tax check. Even if that was the case, they should've asked themselves "Did he pay the taxes when the bill was sent to the property address? Yes, well then we should send check there." So you kids out there, be careful about what address you have on your check when you send in your county taxes.

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Old 07-09-2017, 06:39 AM
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To answer your first question, it is common practice (at least in my experience) to prorate the taxes for the current tax year when buying property. If you are talking about the upcoming tax year (the bills are mailed out in October, and due by 1/31 of the following year), the deadline to protest was 5/31, but the actual amount of tax to be paid has not been finalized, and may vary from the estimate provided earlier in the year. I'm talking about the actual taxable amount, not the assessed value of the property.

As for the second question, I don't know the answer, but it sounds like the seller probably didn't know the square footage was wrong. I take it the footage was off significantly, and not just a relatively small amount that would be due to rounding up the measurements. Also, if the owner was selling the property, they probably didn't have an incentive to protest a high assessment. Did you actually purchase below the BCAD appraisal?
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:58 AM
Location: Stone Oak, San Antonio
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The difference in square footage was because of an outdoor living area being counted as part of the house. It was at least 400 sq ft difference.

I say to fix the first problem we switch from paying taxes in arrears to paying them in advance. Then the seller walks away from settlement with a refund check.
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