Property tax is a tax liability imposed on property owners and is typically levied by a city, school district or county. Each entity uses the revenue from property taxes to fund public services such as the public school system, law enforcement, and recreational programs.
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Your tax bill can increase by nearly 50% every year.
Failing to pay your property taxes by January 31st results in monthly penalties and interest charges that continue each month until you pay the amount of your overdue taxes and fees in full.
Accounts not paid in full by June 30th are assigned to an attorney and incur an additional penalty of 15 to 20 percent of the total taxes, penalties, and interest due. Any other costs incurred by the county to collect your taxes (costs to auction the property, additional attorney fees, processing and ling fees, etc.) will also be added to your tax bill.
Note: Penalties and interest are based on counties in Texas, excluding Travis County. Attorney’s fees are an estimate and may be higher or lower depending on your taxing authority
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