Property Tax FAQs
Can protesting my appraised value cause my taxes to go up?
Yes, this is possible, but it is very rare. Furthermore, as a boutique consulting firm, Pinnacle prides itself in taking the time to know your business, learn your industry, and accurately determine your property’s value rather than blindly protesting every single opportunity.
Will I have to attend any protest hearings or meetings?
No, you will not be required to attend. As your consultants, we are eager to represent you in all negotiations and Appraisal Review Board [ARB] hearings. You are welcome to attend but are not required.
Will I have to pay my taxes if my appraisal is being protested?
Yes, your tax bill is still due. If your property valuation is reduced through the protest process after your taxes are due, you will receive a refund. At Pinnacle our valuation specialists and account managers all work in concert on your protest from beginning to end ensuring you achieve the speediest resolution possible.
How are my tax savings calculated?
Tax savings are calculated by:
[Notice of Appraised Value – Final Certified Value] * Tax Rate = Tax Savings
For example, the County Appraisal District sends you a Notice of Appraised Value of $2,000,000 for your property. You hire Pinnacle and we protest that value, successfully reducing the valuation to $1,800,000. If your tax rate is 3%, then your annual tax savings would be $6,000.
If I hire Pinnacle what will I need to do?
Very little. The first step will be to discuss your property and any correspondence you have had with the County Appraisal District. Once we have this preliminary information we’ll be ready to go to work!
Are there any fees if my taxes are not reduced?
Absolutely not. Pinnacle does not charge any flat fees, we only participate in the tax savings you experience. If we protest your valuation and are unable to reduce your taxes, you owe us nothing.
What fees does Pinnacle charge for property tax consulting?
Pinnacle will receive a percentage of the tax savings you experience from allowing us to protest your property valuation. This division of savings only occurs in the year that we protest your valuation even though you may experience the benefit of a lower valuation for many.