How It Works

Harris County Determines Property Values

Per House Bill 1984 and Senate Bill 18 of the Property Tax Code if you would like a five year value history and comparison, please contact our office.

The Harris County Appraisal District determines the value of all properties, grants exemptions and certifies values to the taxing units.

The governing bodies of taxing units, such as the School Board or City Council, review budgets and then set the tax rates which determine how much taxes are due on each property.

The Tax Assessor-Collector calculates how much you owe for each taxing unit, prepares and sends bills, collects monies due and disburses the funds to the appropriate taxing unit.

Homeowners:

You do NOT have to pay a fee to file a homestead exemption. Please contact the Harris County Appraisal District at www.hcad.org or 713.957.7800 concerning any corrections in ownership, valuation or exemptions.

Timely Payment Of Property Taxes:

Property taxes are due upon receipt. You have from October 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018 to pay the 2017 Current Year Taxes without penalty or interest. Action by Mail is timely if:

  1. it is sent by regular first-class mail, properly addressed with current postage prepaid; and
  2. it bears a post office cancellation mark of a date earlier than the specified date due. If you wait until the last day of the month, please make sure all requirements are met. There are no exceptions.

On February 1, 2018, all unpaid 2017 taxes become delinquent. Penalty and interest are added to the original base amount and continue to increase until taxes are paid. By Law, the Tax Assessor-Collector cannot waive penalty and interest on delinquent taxes, adjust values, or ignore deadlines established in the Texas Property Tax Code.

Various Payment Options:

Quarterly Payments

Sec. 31.031 Installment Payments of Certain Homestead Taxes. If before the delinquency date an individual who is disabled or at least 65 years of age and is qualified for an exemption under Section 11.13(c) pays at least one fourth of a taxing unit's taxes imposed on the property that the person owns and occupies as a residence homestead, the person may pay the remaining taxes without penalty or interest. The first installment is due by January 31 and remaining payments by March 31, May 31 and July 31.

To take advantage of the plan, please contact Spring Branch Independent School District Tax Office at 713.251.7960 to sign an Installment Agreement.

Check Payments

Your check will be converted into an electronic fund transfer.

Credit Card & E-Check Payments    

Taxpayers have the option to pay their property taxes by credit card or e-check either online or telephone. This option is available for 2017 Current Year Taxes or any Delinquent Taxes. You will need a property tax account number in order to pay your taxes online. The account number (either 13 or 7 digits) is located at the top middle section of your statement.

A Real Property Account has 13 digits. Your home for example is considered real property. Personal Property or business account would reflect 7 digits.

To use this service: Call 1.800.2PAY.TAX or visit www.officialpayments.com (Use Jurisdiction Code 5333)

There will be a convenience fee charged for this service. (E-check is $2.50 for an amount $10K or less; $5.00 for any amount over $10K. All credit and debit cards are charged 2.5%.)


Want to Save for Next Year's Taxes?

Bank Drafts

Escrow prepayments through bank drafts A plan is available that allows you to pre-pay next year's property taxes. We estimate your taxes for the coming year, and monthly payments are automatically drafted from your checking or savings account. When next year's tax payments are due, the money is already there to pay your taxes. Please contact Spring Branch Independent School District Tax Office to sign a contract.

If you are over 65 years of age or older or are disabled and the property described in this document is your residence homestead, you should contact the appraisal district regarding any entitlement you may have to a postponement in the payment of these taxes.