Harris County Appraisal District
13013 Northwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77040-6305

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
(713) 957-7800

(Rescheduling Calls Only)
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday
(713) 812-5860

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Financial & Audit Information

Harris County Appraisal District
has no authority to receive tax
payments for any jurisdiction.
All tax payments must be mailed
or delivered to the tax collector
for the jurisdiction that sent you
the tax bill.

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Recent Headlines
These are links to press
articles of interest
01/08/2015 Houston-area builders face uncertain future
08/14/2014 Local home sales stay on torrid pace
07/10/2014 In a red-hot market, houses sell in a flash
05/14/2014 Many Homebuyers Must Wait In Limbo – And In Rentals
05/04/2014 Real estate hot spots warm up the areas around them
05/04/2014 Q&A: How long will the upswing last?

Click here to access the recent press articles archive

Current News
03/26/2015 HCAD Readies Property Value Notices
03/20/2015 Businesses Must Report Taxable Property By April 15
03/17/2015 BOD Agenda (03/18/2015)
02/11/2015 BOD Agenda (02/11/2015)
01/29/2015 Property Tax Payment Options

Click here to access the news release archive

Most Requested Forms
Homestead Exemption: General Residential, Over-65, Disability,
Over-55 Surviving Spouse
Notice of Protest Standard
Request to Correct Name or Address on a Real Property Account Standard
Internet Opt Out Standard
Removal of Agent Standard
Additional Forms..

Consumer Alerts
The Attorney General for the State of Texas has taken action against O'Connor & Associates resulting in an Agreed Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction.
Community Housing Development Organization Property Capitalization Rate
HCAD Warns Homeowners to be Wary of Homestead Designation And Unclaimed Money Solicitations


Houston Metro Area Continues Torrid Growth

Read the Houston Chronicle story about the Houston area's growth leading the state and nation.

Filing Renditions Electronically Using iFile

If you own tangible personal property that is used to produce income, you must file a rendition with the Harris County Appraisal District by April 15. A rendition is a report that lists all the taxable personal property you owned or controlled on Jan. 1 of this year. Business personal property includes such things as office equipment, business vehicles, vessels and aircraft, inventory, machinery and other types of equipment, trade fixtures, supplies, work in process and raw materials held for business purposes. We have scheduled 6 renditions workshops to help you complete the process. Click here for times and locations.

Some renditions may be filed electronically using HCAD's iFile™ system. If a unique iFile™ number is printed on your rendition form below the account number this indicates that you may render online by going to www.hcad.org/ifile. Complete instructions can be found on the iFile™ website. If no iFile™ number is printed on your rendition form, you will need to complete and file the form manually. Rendering with iFile™ is quick and convenient. We urge you to use it if an iFile™ number is printed on your paper rendition form.


A residence homestead exemption is the most common type of exemption and applies to most owner-occupied homes in Texas. An exemption excludes part of your property’s value from property taxes and can significantly lower the taxable value and subsequent tax levies. However, you must apply for an exemption. There is no charge for the property owner to file his or her own homestead exemption application with the appraisal district.

The appraisal district has mailed confirmation postcards to all homeowners currently on file with a homestead exemption. Homeowners should have received a postcard in their mailbox verifying they have a homestead exemption on their property.

Homeowners do not need to do anything if the type of homestead exemption listed at the top of the postcard is correct. HCAD will automatically renew their homestead exemption unless the property owner informs us differently.

Exemptions at the top of the postcard include Residence Homestead, Over-65, Disabled Person Exemptions and Disabled Veteran Exemptions.

If you have sold your home or established a different primary residence, recently turned 65 or qualified for disability under Social Security, you should contact the appraisal district to make changes or apply for additional exemptions.

Exemption forms and applications can be found on the website under the Forms tab on the top tool bar or you can call the Information Center at 713.957.7800 or email us at help@hcad.org with any questions.

Highway construction along the Northwest Freeway

Highway construction along the Northwest Freeway and its service roads near the HCAD building may create some traffic congestion so plan for time to get through the construction.

290 Construction
Heavy equipment works on the outbound Highway 290 lanes by HCAD

Here is a link to Highway 290 travel information for your convenience.


2014 Reappraisal Values

The Harris County real estate market has shown rapid growth over the last year, as reported by many local and national news outlets. Properties in virtually every segment of the market have experienced increases in sale prices, median prices, dollar volume and sales volume. [read more]


If you think the market value of your property is incorrect, the appraisal district encourages you to file a protest.

There are two programs – iFile and iSettle – that we have in place to help streamline any appeal you choose to make. You can use both of these programs from the comfort of your home or your office.

Using iFile and iSettle can eliminate the need for you to come to the district office at 13013 Northwest Freeway. This will be especially useful this year while construction on 290 has increased traffic congestion on the highway and service roads around HCAD’s building.

Receipt of your protest will be immediately verified by email. Your data, along with other market information, will be reviewed by an appraiser, and you will be notified by email of a decision on your iSettle protest.

As soon as HCAD notifies you of our decision, you will have immediate online access to all of the information, including the comparable sales, used in considering your appeal. You can use that information to decide whether to accept or reject HCAD’s decision. If you are not satisfied, you’ll be scheduled to make your case at a formal Appraisal Review Board hearing.


The Harris County Appraisal District has launched a new electronic notice and protest filing system for property owners.

The new system allows property owners to iFile a protest and use iSettle to accept or decline a settlement offer from HCAD.  Using the new system, property owners are also able to reschedule a formal hearing and look at their hearing evidence on the system.

Property owners can access the new system through their property account on www.hcad.org by clicking on the “File a Protest” button in the upper left or by directly going to owners.hcad.org. Once there, property owners can use their iFile number to create a log-in that will link to their account. Property owners also can link an account to their personal email.

When the registration is complete, property owners will be able to view documents online. If owners elect to enroll in paperless delivery, documents will be emailed directly to them.

To view the new system and see the options available, go to owners.hcad.org.

For more information about protesting and settling your value online:

Sands L. Stiefer, RPA
Chief Appraiser

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