Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals
“Protecting the Rights of Taxpayers since 1988”
What is TAPTP?
A well-known professional association that unites all involved in the aspects of property tax management within the state of Texas.
Why was TAPTP Founded?
TAPTP was founded to help educate its members and to advocate to the legislature for changes in state law that help to protect property taxpayers and their ability to have a fair appraisal process that accurately defines the value of their Real and Business Personal Property.
DURING THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION:
TAPTP TRACKED AND ADVOCATED ON OVER 200 MEASURES. MOST OF WHICH WOULD BE HARMFUL TO TAXPAYERS AND TAX.
TAPTP NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Maintaining a strong level of advocacy requires YOUR help. Without a strong association (and political action committee) armed with the resources necessary to fight on your behalf, we expect to see legislative setbacks in many critical areas including:
Sales Price Disclosure
Imbalance of Negotiating Power
THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC)
TAPTP also works on all of our behalfs by maintaining a political action committee.
The PAC is funded through generous contributions of our members.
Through the PAC, we are able to:
- Provide critical support to our friends in legislature
- Cultivate new relationships in the Texas House & Senate
2018 PARTY PRIMARY ELECTIONS
TAPTP came to the aid of 13 members of the House, Senate and Statewide elected officials who were challenged in recent 2018 primary election.
OUR SUPPORT HELPED 12 OF THE 13 BECOME RE-ELECTED SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THEIR CURRENT CAPACITY.
Every session we see an increasing number of measures filed that would cap appraisal values below the current 10% cap for residential homesteads only. More concerning is that the issue of appraisal caps is now gaining support from both political parties.
During the 2017 legislative session, the state house took a record vote on capping appraisal values on commercial property. The amendment received 58 votes in support, just 10 yes votes short of being adopted to the bill.
At the same time, a political think tank group recently penned an editorial, citing that under the current appraisal cap laws, a young couple paying $5,000 in property taxes today, could be paying $85,000 by the time they are preparing to retire, without tax rates every increasing. More frequently, state lawmakers are only hearing one side of this debate, leaving them with an inaccurate portrait of what stricter appraisal caps would do to Texas.
SALES PRICE DISCLOSURE
Some reformists, including appraisal districts, contend that without sales price disclosure, owners of real property are excused from paying their fair share of local property taxes through appraisal values that fail to meet the market value of their property. Sales Price Disclosure is an initiative that will be pursued in coming legislative sessions by those who believe that appraisal values all across Texas are significantly under market value.
IMBALANCE OF NEGOTIATING POWER
Many of the taxpayer protection victories we have fought hard for over the years are now under attack, by a growing movement who misrepresents them as loopholes to benefit the negotiating power of big businesses. Without your help to strengthen TAPTP and its political action committee, we could see taxpayer protections, such as the right to recoup attorney’s fees after successful litigation, removed from state law.
HOW WE FIGHT BACK
TAPTP employs a year-round professional lobby team to communicate our message for continuing to improve the appraisal process for Texas taxpayers. Currently, TAPTP’s Government Relations Committee and team of lobbyists are working to achieve the following:
ARBITRATION: The hyper-technical rules currently governing arbitrations are resulting in taxpayers being thrown out prior to their case being heard with no avenue for relief. To combat this, TAPTP and its lobbyists are meeting with the comptroller’s office and various appraisal districts to ensure this system is fixed and operates as it should.
EQUAL & UNIFORM TAXATION: In addition to defending Texas taxpayer rights to equal and uniform taxation, confusion has arisen concerning taxpayer rights pursuant to Section 25.25(d) of the Texas Tax Code. TAPTP is introducing legislation to make it abundantly clear that a taxpayer may protest an unequal and non-uniform valuation pursuant to Section 25.25(d).
HOLDING APPRAISAL DISTRICTS ACCOUNTABLE: When an appraisal district denies proper notice or a procedural right guaranteed to a taxpayer, relief is difficult, if not impossible. TAPTP is introducing legislation to provide avenues for relief on these exact issues that will also ensure property owners are entitled to reimbursement of attorney’s fees when a valid claim is brought.
WE FIGHT FOR YOU BY:
- Monitoring interim committee hearings in the House and Senate, and meeting with legislators before and after hearings to inform them of TAPTP positions;
- Attending bi-monthly stakeholder meetings in the Capitol hosted for the property tax community to share ideas and collaborate with one another;
- Providing insight as to what our legislative competitors are planning and initiating for the upcoming session; and
- Assisting in fostering our legislative network by being our ambassadors at the State Capitol.
WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
ONLINE at www.TAPTP.org
P.O. BOX 933
Helotes, TX 78023
EMAIL or FAX
(Contribution form included.)
Please note: In accordance with Texas Ethics Commission rules, payments cannot be accepted from a Corporation. The only payments acceptable are from an individual, LLP, LLC or Partnership (as long as no Corporate Partners).