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Overview of Harris County, TX Taxes

The state of Texas has some of the highest property tax rates in the country. In Harris County - the most populous county in the state - the average effective property tax rate is 2.26%. That’s double the national average.

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    To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

Harris County Property Tax Rates

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Not all Harris County residents pay the same amount of property taxes every year. For example, in Bunker Hill Village, Hunters Creek Village and Southside Place, the average effective property tax rate is 1.00%. But in Spring, the average effective property tax rate is 2.68%.

The average effective property tax rate in the state of Texas is 1.93%. In 2014, the state’s median property tax payment was $2,537 and the median home value was $131,400.

In Harris County, the median amount of property taxes paid by residents is $3,013. The county’s median home value is $133,400. But throughout Harris County, median home values range from $67,500 in Galena Park to $1 million in cities such as Bunker Hill Village and Hunters Creek Village. In Houston - the county seat - the median home value is $125,400 and the average effective property tax rate is 2.11%.

CountyMedian Home ValueMedian Annual Property Tax PaymentAverage Effective Property Tax Rate
Aldine $78,200$1,7802.28%
Atascocita$153,100$3,9202.56%
Barrett$75,800$9101.20%
Baytown $94,500$1,9192.03%
Bellaire $646,500$10,0001.55%
Bunker Hill Village $1,000,000$10,0001.00%
Channelview$91,700$2,2822.49%
Cinco Ranch $276,800$6,7632.44%
Cloverleaf$91,400$1,6361.79%
Crosby$117,600$1,6381.39%
Deer Park $133,900$2,7382.04%
El Lago $163,900$3,2181.96%
Friendswood $228,800$4,6242.02%
Galena Park $67,500$1,5802.34%
Hedwig Village $654,200$9,2311.41%
Highlands $94,100$1,5511.65%
Hilshire Village $621,300$9,5081.53%
Houston $125,400$2,6412.11%
Humble $105,500$2,2782.16%
Hunters Creek Village $1,000,000$10,0001.00%
Jacinto City$73,400$1,5712.14%
Jersey Village $199,200$4,3202.17%
Katy $155,200$3,4442.22%
La Porte $121,600$2,6192.15%
League City $182,000$4,5542.50%
Mission Bend $113,500$2,8642.52%
Missouri City $156,900$3,7532.39%
Morgan's Point $187,500$2,8611.53%
Nassau Bay $207,000$3,5221.70%
Pasadena $101,000$2,2222.20%
Pearland $179,600$4,7682.65%
Piney Point Village $1,000,000$10,0001.00%
Seabrook $194,800$3,8221.96%
Sheldon $57,300$1,2502.18%
Shoreacres $166,800$3,3832.03%
South Houston $78,200$1,7532.24%
Southside Place $1,000,000$10,0001.00%
Spring $112,500$3,0152.68%
Spring Valley Village $555,800$8,9621.61%
Stafford $152,500$2,5021.64%
Taylor Lake Village $200,300$4,3802.19%
The Woodlands $296,700$6,3272.13%
Tomball $156,500$3,3712.15%
Waller $108,400$1,4661.35%
Webster $110,900$1,4391.30%
West University Place $815,700$10,0001.23%

The Commissioners Court sets the Harris County property tax rates. The amount that residents pay in property taxes is also based on property appraisals. The Appraisal District is responsible for assessing the value of different properties. Businesses are subject to taxation for having personal property, including vehicles, machinery and furniture.

Residents whose homes were damaged by floods in April 2016 can contact the Appraisal District to ensure that their appraisals are based on how much their homes were worth before the flood occurred. These taxpayers will need to complete and submit a document and keep a record of any damages and repairs they’ve made.

Harris County Property Tax Breaks

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If you can qualify for a tax break, you may be able to reduce your property tax bill. There are several different exemptions and special tax programs that Harris County residents might qualify for, including the homestead exemption and the state’s tax deferral program for active military members.

Through the homestead exemption, you may be able to exclude part of your property’s value from taxation. Property owners may qualify for a homestead exemption on the value of their homes for county taxes, school taxes and taxes levied by other taxing units. A standard homestead exemption also typically comes with a cap that can save taxpayers money by limiting how high their homes’ values can rise.

There are special exemptions for homeowners with disabilities, disabled veterans and homeowners over the age of 64. Residents can start submitting applications for the homestead exemption beginning January 1. Applications must be postmarked by April 30.

Disabled individuals and seniors may also qualify for a tax deferral that allows them to postpone their property tax payments. Once they move out of their primary place of residence, they’ll be responsible for paying the taxes they owe (and any accrued interest and penalties) within a 180-day period. Other homeowners may be eligible for a limited tax deferral if the estimated value of their home has increased by more than 5% within a year.

If you have questions about exemptions and other tax breaks or you have an issue with the way your property tax bill was calculated, you can attend a workshop. You can find information about upcoming property tax workshops by visiting hctax.net.

Paying Your Harris County Property Taxes

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Property tax bills for Harris County residents are usually available near the end of the tax year. If you haven’t received your tax bill by mid-December, it’s a good idea to contact the Harris County Tax Office.

Tax filers can make a single payment or pay their tax bill in monthly installments. Property tax payments are generally due every year on January 31. Taxpayers who fail to meet this deadline can be charged a penalty. Interest will accrue as well.

Beginning on July 1 (or after April 1 if you use your personal property for business purposes), Harris County residents who haven’t paid their property taxes will be hit with a 15% - 20% collection fee. But taxpayers may be able to avoid paying this fee by signing an installment agreement. This would require them to knock out their unpaid property taxes, interest and penalties in six months.

Harris County residents can pay their property tax bills online, over the phone or in person by visiting one of the county’s branch office locations. Taxpayers who are paying with credit cards should expect to pay a 2.15% surcharge. Those who are paying with a debit card may also have to pay a small fee.

Anyone who pays more property taxes than they owe has three years to claim his or her tax refund. To request your refund check, you’ll need to submit an application to the Harris County Tax Office.

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Property Tax: Which Counties are Getting the Best Bang for Their Buck

SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.

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Methodology

Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most for their property tax dollars. To do this we looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.

As a way to measure the quality of schools, we calculated the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the country. Within each state, these schools were then ranked between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on those average scores.

For each county, we calculated the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

Using the school and crime numbers, we calculated a community score. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.

We used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.

Finally, we calculated a tax value by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows us the counties in the country where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where their property tax dollars are going the furthest.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police or Justice Department websites