Delinquent Property Taxes under Mortgage or Probate

The Texas Tax Code generally allows qualified homeowners to a) defer their taxes (but during deferral they are classified as delinquent, and the taxes must eventually be paid with interest), or to b) pay the tax bill in four equal quarterly installments. The Code also says that taxes become delinquent if not paid by the initial due date (usually February 1 each year).

Property Tax Deferral is high-cost option

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on June 22, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: I am trying to fully understand deferral of local property taxes. I understand pretty much all of it except the interest rate. I am over 65 and own my principal residence free and clear. The information I have…

Affidavit of Heirship changes records

This answer first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on March 30, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: I read with interest the article [March 23, 2018] about the lady who thought changing records at the Appraisal office would make her sole owner or her property. I did the same and I was thinking the same…

Property Tax Deferral after a Second Marriage

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on December 9, 2016.  Dear Mr. Premack: My mom owned a house prior to marring her second husband. She was disabled and deferred property taxes on her homestead. She recently passed away. I understand her husband has a life-estate in my mom’s non-community property home,…

Over 65 Homeowners Eligible for Tax Deferments

Texas allows residents over 65 to defer payment of property taxes on their homestead. This includes school, county and city taxes. It does not include any federal tax collected by the IRS. The law also allows abatement of a lawsuit to collect a delinquent property tax on your homestead. Getting the deferral is simple. You…