The county has mailed out more than 900,000 property tax bills over the past few days. These bills are also available online. The Tax Office expects to collect more than $4.6 billion in property taxes for the 2012 tax year.
Don Sumners is Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector. Sumners’ main advice for filers is to check their exemptions.
“Make sure that they have the exemptions on their bill that they think they’re entitled to. If they don’t, they should call the Harris County Appraisal District, get that straightened out, and then they can send a corrected bill.”
Sumners says the county can also provide a “What If” bill.
“That means that we’ll calculate what the tax will be if you got the exemption, so that you might want to pay that lower amount and then wait for the change to come through.”
Property taxes for 2012 are payable on or before January 31, 2013. Those who want to deduct their property taxes from their federal income tax must pay on or before December 31.