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Commercial Property Tax Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about commercial property tax protest and what Lane Property Tax Advocates can do for you? The frequently asked questions below cover aspects of the protest process and how we can best assist you in reducing your tax bills. Browse these questions to help better understand how Lane helps our clients unburden their business.

Which counties do you cover?

We are currently licensed to cover all counties in Texas, Arizona and Georgia. In 2019, we protested properties in over 114 counties. The number of counties and states we cover is continuously changing. 

What are your fees, and how are they structured?

Based on the portfolio, Lane will charge a very competitive contingency fee. Please send us a list of your properties for a quote. Note that you don't pay Lane unless we reduce your property value and save you money. 

Can you handle both commercial and residential properties?

Lane is well-versed in both commercial and residential parcels. All Lane team members handle both commercial and residential protests. Please note that we only accept residential accounts if they contain commercial properties, or if a commercial client also has a residential portfolio. 

If both the informal hearing and the ARB formal hearing are unsuccessful, what would your fees amount to?

Based on the portfolio, Lane will charge a very competitive contingency fee. Please send us a list of your properties for a quote. Lane typically pays all attorney and filing fees for litigation and all filing fees for arbitration. 

Who handles the legal aspects (filing petitions, arguing before a judge etc.)?

Lane is with you every step of the way through arbitration. For litigation, we work with multiple attorneys that have good relationships within the county where the property is located. We directly handle arguing, discovery evidence and ordering appraisals if necessary. The attorney will file the petition and direct the motions before a trial.

When disputing commercial properties, what valuation methodologies do you employ?

We will identify the best possible approach(es) to value by assessing the income approach, cost approach, sales comparison approach, uniform and equity approach, land equity approach and rent equity approach. Our sister firm MB Lane and Associates is a full-service commercial appraisal company that has been in business for over 20 years.

Can you handle the filing of miscellaneous forms and correspondence with the county appraisal district?

As a representative for all of your properties, Lane will handle all correspondence, filing of forms, name changes, exemptions and all other necessary paperwork to save you time. Please note that there is an extra fee for exemption paperwork, i.e., homestead exemptions. 

What avenues can a property owner take to help reduce their property tax liability?

Provide Lane with the most up-to-date property information throughout the year. Examples include property photos, estimates of any necessary repairs, name changes on the property, damages to the property, completed appraisals, rent rolls or profit and loss statements. Lane will also visit the property if needed and take photos. 

How do you collect and compile data for commercial protests? 

We use major database programs that county appraisal districts do not have access to in order to create our approaches. Database examples include Pictometry/EagleView, Marshal Evaluations and Enriched Data. 

Are you licensed to do qualified appraisals?

MB Lane and Associates, our affiliated sister firm, has been preparing commercial appraisals for over 20 years for various counties all over the state of Texas. Michael Lane, the founder, holds the designation of MAI through the Appraisal Institute and is also a state-certified general appraiser. He has appraised real estate in Texas for over 30 years. 

Can the county raise the value of my residential or commercial property by more than 10%?

Yes, the value of a residential or commercial property can increase by more than 10%. The only time the value cannot exceed a maximum increase of 10% is on a residential property with a homestead exemption. 

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