Mike Sullivan
Tax Assessor-Collector

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Installment Payment Plan For Disaster Victims

In accordance with Section 31.032 of the Property Tax Code, taxpayers who sustained property damage as a result of a declared natural disaster may be eligible to split their property tax payments into 4 equal interest free installments, to be paid in full by July 31st.

Qualifications

This only applies to taxes imposed between the date of the disaster and exactly one year after that date for tangible personal property that is owned or leased by a business entity or real property that:

  1. Is either:
    1. the residence homestead of the owner or consists of property that is used for residential purposes and that has fewer than five living units; or
    2. owned or leased by a business entity that had not more than the amount calculated as provided by Subsection (h) in gross receipts in the entity's most recent federal tax year or state franchise tax annual period, according to the applicable federal income tax return or state franchise tax report of the entity;
  2. is located in a declared disaster area; and
  3. has been damaged as a direct result of the disaster.

Requirements

By January 31st, you must provide:

  1. Payment in the amount of at least one-fourth (25%) of the total amount of taxes due
  2. A completed “Request for Installment Agreement for Taxes on Property in Disaster Area” form obtained from the Tax Office.
  3. Proof of the property damage in the form of insurance claims; photographs of damage, copy of repair estimate or paid invoices.

Note: You will be notified if the request is not approved.

Payments

  1. The remaining taxes, after the first installment, may be paid without penalty or interest as follows:
    1. The second installment must be paid by March 31st.
    2. The third installment must be paid by May 31st.
    3. The fourth installment must be paid by July 31st.
  2. If you pay more than the amount due for an installment, then the excess will be credited to the next installment.
  3. If payment is not made before the deadline (delinquency date), the unpaid amount of the specific installment payment due is delinquent and incurs a penalty of 6% and interest as provided by Section 33.01(c) of the Property Tax Code.

For inquiries regarding Installment Payment Plans for Disaster Victims, call 713-274-8120.

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2013 Property Tax Calendar
January 1, 2014Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) determines appraised value and exemption status for property taxes, except for disability and over-65 exemptions, for the 2013 tax year.
January 31, 2014This is the last day to pay 2013 property taxes without delinquent penalty and interest. This also is the last date to pay the first payment on quarter payment plans for over-65 and disability homestead accounts.
February 1, 2014Penalty and interest charges begin to accrue on unpaid taxes for the 2013 year. The penalty rate begins at 6% in February and increases each month that the payment remains unpaid to a maximum rate of 12% in June. Interest also begins to accrue on this date at the rate of 1% per month until the account is paid in full.
Taxpayers can enter into installment agreements on current tax year delinquent taxes only.
April 1, 2014This is the last day to pay the second payment on quarter payment plans for over-65 and disability homestead accounts.
April 1, 2014This is the last day to pay business personal property accounts that received section 33.11 notices before the accounts are turned over to the delinquent collection attorneys.
April 2, 2014The Harris County Tax Office turns over for collection all delinquent business personal property accounts on this date. Immediately, a collection penalty of 15% - 20% of the total unpaid balance is added to the current delinquent accounts.
May 31, 2014This is the last day to pay the third payment on quarter payment plans for over-65 and disability homestead accounts. This is the last day to file a protest with the Harris County Appraisal District for the new tax year.
July 1, 2014This is the last day to enter into an installment agreement with the Harris County Tax Office to pay current tax year delinquent taxes.
July 2, 2014The Harris County Tax Office turns over for collection all delinquent real property accounts on this date. Immediately, a collection penalty of 15%-20% of the total unpaid balance is added to the current tax year delinquent accounts.
July 31, 2014This is the last day to pay the final payment on quarter payment plans for over-65 and disability homestead accounts
October-NovemberThe new year's collection period begins. Tax bills are mailed by the Harris County Tax Office as soon as possible throughout Harris County to real and business personal property owners.
December 31, 2014Last day to make payment for federal income tax deduction purposes. Checks must be written and mailed in time to receive a December postmark.