New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
News From Sis. Peter and Paul
Texas businesses have April 15 deadline for filing property tax renditions
In accordance with state law, Texas businesses must render their property with the county appraisal districts by April 15. To render is to list the taxable property that business owned or managed as of Jan. 1,1996.
"While state law requires business owners and operators to render, any property owner - including homeowners, farmers and ranchers - may render their property with county appraisal districts," State Comptroller John Sharp said.
"Property owners who render are in a better position to exercise their rights as taxpayers," Sharp noted. "They are ensuring that the appraisal district has their correct address so they will receive notices of any actions that affect their property or tax bills."
"If the tax collector cannot deliver a tax bill because of an incorrect address, a property owner is responsible for paying the taxes plus the late payment penalties," Sharp added.
State law requires anyone who owns or manages income-producing personal property on Jan. I to render with the local appraisal district. An exception is a business that receives the freeport exemption for managing cotton stored in a warehouse.
"For example, businesses must report their inventories, furniture and fixtures, machinery and equipment, and other tangible business property by filing this annual report," Sharp said. "Appraisal districts use the report to set business property values. When a business owner doesn't render his or her property, the
chief appraiser estimates the yalue."
Sharp also announced that property owners who had property damaged by a storm, flood, or fire last year may file a special decreased value report which could lower their final tax bills. Property owners may file the decreased value report about their property's condition on Jan. 1,1996.
Property owners may ask the chief appraiser for additional time - through -April 30 - if the owners can demonstrate good cause. The chief appraiser must grant owners of property regulated by the Public Utility Commission or the Railroad Commission an extension to April 30 to file the reports and may extend the deadline another 15 days if the owners request it in writing and show good cause.
On the renditions, property owners can record their opinions of their property's value.
By stating their opinion, property owners make sure that the appraisal district sends them a notice before placing a higher value on their property. This notice allows property owners the time to gather information to protest the appraisal if they believe the proposed value is too high.
If more than one appraisal district appraises a property, the property owner should render in each appraisal district office. Taxpayers may contact the county appraisal district office for the rendition forms, or they may call the comptrollers property tax hotline at 1-800-252-9121.
At left, in preparation for Youth ArtBeat, students Whitney King and Caleb Warren get instructions on a project from art teacher Jaynne Seeburger.
Above, Dylan Matelske prepares his foil relief, a three-dimensional artwork, for Youth ArtBeat.
Below, left, Every year at the close of basketball season, Sts. Peter and Paul School holds a Family Fun Night basketball game. Students play their parents and coaches, staff and school board members. Pictured, Coach Darlene Hartman shoots.
Below, Assistant Pastor Msgr. Edward Bily, created
a spectacular sight for the children by turning a sprinkler on during the night when temperatures fell below freezing earlier this year.
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