We work on a contingency basis. Our fee is 40% of tax savings achieved and we don't bill for our services if a reduction was not achieved.
Simply fill out the registration form by following this link. There's no need to fax, mail, or email any files.
Each year, the protest schedule allows for cases to be heard starting in mid-April, and hearings go through the month of July. Depending on when your case is worked and a number of other factors, you can expect to hear from us anytime from late July to early November.
Yes. We can still represent you at a formal hearing. However, the terms change once you have e-filed. When you E-file, we lose the opportunity to represent you at an informal hearing. That only leaves us with the formal hearing to protest your case which affects the possibility of getting you the greatest reduction on your property taxes. If you do choose to enlist our service, there is either a $250 fee, or the 40% contingency fee, whichever is greater
Appraised values can increase without limit as long as the Central Appraisal District feels that the increase is justified. If your property has a homestead exemption in place, then the amount you can be taxed on is limited to a 10% increase each year. This amount is known as your assessed value.
Unfortunately, we do not handle exemptions of any kind. We suggest you contact your County Central Appraisal District directly for assistance with your exemptions.
The deadline to file a property tax protest is 30 days after your Notice of Appraised Value is made available to you, or May 15th, whichever is later.
"Location, Location, Location!!!" The real estate market in Austin is booming, to say the least. More and more people are moving to the city and the surrounding area, which has resulted in an increase in property values.
Reducing your appraised value will not affect your sale or list price. Think of your appraisal from the Central Appraisal District as an estimation of "taxable value" and not as what your property should be listed for. Remember, in Travis and Williamson County the Central Appraisal Districts use a mass appraisal system. This means they are unaware of the details about your property that may point to a higher or a lower value. In reality, many homebuyers will see a lower appraised value as a benefit since it means lower taxes for them.
Nothing! There is no fee if we don't save you money. This means that our goals are completely aligned, if you don't save money, we don't send you a bill.
Our agreement contains a continuous representation clause. This means your contract will remain in effect until you cancel it. We will continue to protest every year on your behalf and send you a bill only if we reduce your property taxes for that year. You may cancel the agreement in writing any time prior to your hearing.
The likelihood of your appraised value increasing at an informal hearing is extremely rare, we would never agree to a value higher than the notice value.
Not likely. The Central Appraisal Districts in both Williamson and Travis County use mass appraisal techniques to instead of appraising properties individually, although they do occasionally conduct "field checks" in which they look into the characteristics of certain properties in person. If you do have an appraiser request to come on your property and do a field check, KINDLY request they leave and contact us. NEVER allow an appraiser to enter your home without Five Stone by your side.
A consultant from Five Stone may contact you to ask specific questions about your property; however, only in extremely rare circumstances will a consultant inspect your property in person.