You will receive a copy of the Texas Comptrollers Texas Property Taxes: Taxpayer Rights. Remedies and Responsibilities pamphlet with your notice of protest hearing letter. This pamphlet offers advice on how to prepare for an ARB Hearing. In addition, you will receive a copy of the ARB Formal Hearing Procedures which will explain the procedures to be used in a hearing.
The appraisal district website is one resource you may use in preparing for your hearing, in addition you may visit the appraisal district offices to inspect and obtain copies of the data, schedules, formulas and any other information the chief appraiser plans to introduce at your hearing. If you
request copies of the information the cost may not exceed $15 per residential property protested or $25 per commercial propetty.
Go prepared to your hearing and take anything that will help you make your case. If your protest is that you recently purchased you home and the appraisal district has it valued higher than your purchase price, bring in copies of your signed Settlement Statement. If your protest is that the condition of your home affects the value, such as you have a cracked slab or need a new roof, bring photos, engineering reports or written estimates to repair deficiencies.
Be on time and prepared for your hearing
Stick to the facts of your presentation
Keep it simple and well organized
Stress key facts and figures
Provide the ARB with facts and not with emotional arguments