Binding Arbitration is an alternative to Litigation to protest the final decision by the ARB (Appraisal review Board).
- The request for binding arbitration must be filed within 45 days of the date of receiving the Board Order from the ARB (Appraisal Review Board) informing the owner of the final ARB value.
- All taxes must be paid timely for the tax year in question. These taxes are due no later than January 31. If for any reason the taxes are not paid timely, the arbitration will be dismissed and the application fee minus the Comptroller’s administrative costs of 10% will be returned to the property owner.
- The subject property must not be the subject of litigation for the tax year in question.
- The fee to file for Binding Arbitration on homes with a Homestead is $450 for homes valued less than $500,000, and $500 for homes valued above $500,000. The fee is payable to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and must be made by cashier’s check or money order. The $500 is used to pay the administrative costs of the Comptroller’s office and the Arbitrator’s fee. Higher fees apply to other types of property, see the chart at:
- If the Arbitrator determines the value of the property to be closer to the requested value of the property owner than to the ARB’s final value, the property owner will be refunded the application fee less a Comptroller’s administrative fee of $50 or 10%.
If you are interested in taking this next step in protesting the decision of the ARB, call us. We will conduct an analysis of the feasibility of being successful, manage the filing of the application, and develop the evidence and analysis to be successful in the process, including negotiating with the Appraisal District and Arbitrator.
General information on Arbitration is available at:
The specific section of the Tax Code related to Arbitration is at: