December 19, 2016

Contact: Jessica Holloway
Office: 713-274-8003

Property Tax Tips

Save money with exemptions and federal income tax deduction

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is reminding taxpayers to check their exemptions and to take advantage of federal income tax relief.

“2016 Property taxes are due on January 31, 2017, but if you pay your bill by December 31, 2016, you may qualify for a deduction on your 2016 federal income tax*,” said Sullivan. “This deduction means money back to you, the taxpayer. After we process your payment, you can also print your tax receipt directly from the website, making it easy when filing your federal income taxes.”

“Exemptions are also a very easy way to save money on property taxes. With tens of thousands of people moving to Harris County each year, I want to be sure they have the proper exemptions,” said Sullivan. “The most common exemptions are the homestead and Over-65/Disabled exemptions. Check your bill to see if you have the exemptions you are entitled to receive. You may visit www.hctax.net to view all available exemptions.”

Property owners can pay their property taxes by mail, phone (713) 274-CARD (2273), online at www.hctax.net or in person at any of the 16 Tax Assessor-Collector’s offices throughout Harris County. In addition, all property tax bills have a QR code so residents can pay by using their smart phone.

All taxpayers are responsible for paying their property taxes. If a property owner has questions or has not received their tax bill, please call (713) 274-8000 or email tax.office@hctx.net.

*Please consult a professional tax advisor to determine if you qualify for this IRS deduction.

The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office Property Tax Division maintains more than 1.6 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities including Harris County. The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office collects more than $6 billion in property taxes.