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Now is the time of year that Texas homeowners receive their 2017 property tax appraisal from their county. The appraisal lists what you’ll owe in property taxes at the end of the year, based on the value of your home.
If you have an escrow account, your lender will pay your tax bill for you with money you’ve paid into the account each month. If the tax bill is more than you expected, your lender will have to increase your monthly payment to make up the shortage.
If you don’t have an escrow account, you are required to pay your 2017 tax bill in full by January 31, 2018. After that, you’ll have to pay penalties and interest on any unpaid taxes.
Rising home values have many homeowners worried about their taxes, but don’t panic just yet. There are a few steps you can take to lower your property taxes.
Counties have the right to foreclose on your home if you fail to pay your property taxes. Click here to learn more about the tax foreclosure process in Texas. If you have tried all of the options above and you are still worried about your property taxes, we recommend contacting a nonprofit housing counselor to explore additional options.
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