Our office does not collect taxes; therefore tax payment information is not available on our web site. Please visit the Orange County Tax Office's web page for tax payment information at www.co.orange.tx.us.
ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS
Property owners have certain rights that may reduce their property tax burden.
Persons who own their residence on January 1, 2007, may claim their home as a residential homestead. The filing of this document is only necessary if the homeowner has changed homesteads since January 1, 2006, or has become eligible for additional exemptions since last year. Homeowners may also defer the portion of the tax on their residence homestead if the value of the home was raised more than 5% above the previous year. Although the tax collection is deferred, interest continues to run on the unpaid portion of tax at a rate of 8% per annum and the deferred tax remains a lien on the property. To apply for the deferral, the owner should contact the appraisal district which appraised the property in question and complete an application.
Persons who are disabled under Social Security law are entitled to additional exemptions on their residential homestead. Disabled applicants must apply with the appraisal district and furnish information showing that they meet the disability definition as define in Section 11.13 of the Property Tax Code. Disabled persons now receive all benefits on their home that are available to persons who are over-65.
Persons who are over-65 years of age or disabled persons may file for additional exemptions and a ceiling on school, county and city taxes for their residential homestead if they become 65 during the year. Over-65 persons should apply for this exemption at the appraisal district office. Over-65 persons are also eligible to defer paying the tax on their residential homestead if they wish. The taxes continue to accrue during the deferral along with an interest rate of 8% annually, but no attempt will be made to force payment during the deferral. Details and an application may be obtained from the appraisal district or the State Comptroller.
Persons who have been declared disabled by the Veteran's Administration are eligible for additional exemptions on property they own. The declaration letter from VA is mailed annually, but the appraisal district only needs a copy in the first year of eligibility or if the percentage of disability changes.
Farmers and ranchers may be entitled to receive an alternate method of appraisal determined by the farm income to the property. This method is available to farms and ranches commercially raising crops or livestock or which are used as a wildlife habitat under State guidelines. An application for agricultural use value and additional information is available from your appraisal district. Re-filing is only necessary if requested to do so by the Chief Appraiser.
Exemption applications for all property tax exemptions including total exemptions for charitable, religious, and other total exemptions may be obtained from the Orange County Appraisal District offices or on this site under "Forms".
State law now requires the filing of a rendition declaring what types of business personal property that a person or company owns. Failure to file the rendition will result in a 10% penalty. If a fradulent rendition is filed, a 50% penalty is mandated. A rendition can be obtained from the appraisal district office where the property is located. A 30 day filing extension may be available by written request.
2013 LOW INCOME HOUSING APARTMENT CAPITALIZATION RATE: 10.0%
The Appraisal District is giving public notice of the capitalization rate to be used each year to appraise property receiving an exemption under Section 11.1825 of the Property Tax Code for Organizations Constructing or Rehabilitating Low-Income Housing: Property Not Previously Exempt.
The District will be holding an auction of surplus equipment. Property can be inspected Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The silent auction will commence on Wednesday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12: p.m. The winning bids will have 24 hours to pick up the equipment.