|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My property information is wrong. How do I get it changed?
This site only displays the information provided by the appraisal district. You will need to contact the appraisal district and inform them of the wrong information. Each appraisal district has their own procedure for reporting changes.
How current is the information on your site?
The information is normally updated each night.
I don't want my information available on the web. How do I get it deleted?
The data that is being presented on this website is public record and available under laws governing the public's right to access public information. We cannot selectively remove or withhold this information.
Where are the photographs and sketches?
In accordance with Senate Bill 541, as passed by the Texas Legislature, information in appraisal records may not be posted on the Internet if the information is a photograph, sketch, or floor plan of an improvement to real property that is designed primarily for use as a human residence.
REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL
How often do you reappraise my property?
Typically, the appraisal district reviews all sales information and reviews all properties every year. Market value is the determining factor on deciding which properties are reappraised.
How does the appraisal district determine the value of a home?
The appraisal district compares a home to similar homes that have sold recently and determines the value accordingly.
Why is IMPROVEMENT shown on my notice when I haven't made any?
Improvement on your notice means any structure that is attached to the land. A house is an improvement to the land.
Has anyone actually come out and looked at my property?
Yes, someone has reviewed your property, but it may not have been this year.
Are property taxes based on a percentage?
No, they are based on 100% of the fair market value of your property.
My house is 30 years old. Is that taken into consideration?
Yes. Age, size, condition and quality of construction are all taken into consideration.
What can I do if I disagree with my value?
1. An informal meeting with an appraiser, if an agreement is not reached, then;
2. File a written protest for a hearing before the Appraisal Review Board (ARB).
You will be notified of your hearing date and time after your protest is filed. You are not required to be represented by an attorney. Evidence must be presented to the ARB in the following manner:
A. In person; or
B. By an authorized agent; or
C. By affidavit (a notarized sworn statement)
At the conclusion of the hearing the ARB will issue an order determining value and inform you of post ARB appeal.
Is my house ever depreciated?
Yes, but the increase in the fair market value may override the depreciation due to age.
How do you arrive at a value on a house?
The house is measure, classified, and depreciated due to its condition and age. It is valued based on the sales of similar properties.
My house was not completed as of January 1. How do you appraise it?
The improvement is added to the tax roll at the percent of completion as of January 1.
What is the effective date of the appraisal?
All properties are appraised at 100% of market value as of January 1st of each tax year.
Why does the website no longer indicate I have an Over 65 exemption?
Notice: House Bill 394 H.B. 394 amends the Tax Code to include information that indicates the age of a property owner, including information indicating that a property owner is 65 years of age or older, among the information in property tax appraisal records that is prohibited from being posted on the Internet. The bill requires the chief appraiser for each appraisal district to ensure that any information indicating the age of a property owner that is posted on a website controlled by the appraisal district is removed from the website not later than the bill's effective date. EFFECTIVE DATE - September 1, 2015
BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY
What is a rendition for Business Personal Property?
A rendition is a form that provides the appraisal district with the description, location, cost and acquisition dates for business personal property that you own. The appraisal district uses the information to help estimate the market value of your property for taxation purposes.
Who must file a rendition?
Renditions must be filed by both owners of tangible personal property that is used for the production of income and owners of tangible personal property on which an exemption has been cancelled or denied.
What types of property must be rendered?
Business owners are required by State law to render business personal property that is used in a business or used to produce income. 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 (property that can be owned but does not have a physical form) such as cash, accounts receivable, goodwill, application computer software, and similar items. If your organization has 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.
Where can I find the rendition form?
The forms are available on our web site or you can obtain one from our office.
When must the rendition be filed?
The last day to file your rendition is April 15 annually. If you mail your rendition, it must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before April 15.
Where should the rendition be filed?
The mailing address for the general rendition form is Montgomery Central Appraisal District, Business Personal Property Department, P.O. Box 2233, Conroe, TX 77305. You may also file the rendition by personally dropping it off at our office located at 109 Gladstell, Conroe, TX 77305.
Is my information confidential?
Yes. Information contained in a rendition cannot be disclosed to third parties except in very limited circumstances. In addition, the Texas Property Tax Code specifically provides that any estimate of value you provide is not admissible in proceedings other than a protest to the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) or court proceedings related to penalties for failure to render. The final value we place on your property is public information, but your rendition is not.
What will the appraisal district do with my information?
Your rendition will be analyzed along with other information we collect on similar businesses, to develop an estimate of value for your property.
Online Protest Instructions
- How do I file an Online Protest?
1. Click the “ONLINE PROTEST” button located under Montgomery Central Appraisal District
2. Create a Login by clicking “Create User”
3. Create User o User name (must your e-mail) o Password (six letters or numbers)
4. Enter the characters found on the image.
5. Click the Create User button
6. Click “Register a passcode to associate it with your user”
7. Enter your Quick Ref. ID (R12345)
8. Enter your online protest ID, located on your appraisal notice
9. Click Register
10. Click “Click here to file a protest” located middle of screen
11. Follow the instruction on the screen
12. Click “Review Protest” button
13. If data is correct, Click “Submit Protest Button”