About Property Tax Arbitration

As of Jan. 1, 2006, the Texas Legislature authorized a new, less-expensive, option for taxpayers who are not satisfied with the decision rendered by the Appraisal Review Board. It is called Binding Arbitration.

Previously, property owners who filed a protest and presented their case to the Appraisal Review Board could file an appeal in district court. The process could be time consuming and expensive costing in the thousands of dollars. Binding Arbitration is an alternative resolution process at a much lower costs for taxpayers; however, it is NOT a solution for all situations.

In order to request Binding Arbitration the following conditions apply:1.the appraised or market value, as applicable, of the property as determined by the order is $1 million or less; and 2.the appeal does not involve any matter in dispute other than the determination of the appraised or market value of the property.

Once a decision regarding your appraisal is reached the agreement is binding, hence the term, and must be accepted by the appraisal district and the property owner. The decision is FINAL.

For current and more detailed information about Binding Arbitration, see the State of Texas website – the link is provided on our Arbitration Information page.