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Note: Beginning in 2020 COVID restrictions limited in-person meetings for informal discussions with staff. Some used email and some used telephone. If in person meeting are not possible, the advice below will be of limited use.

Most appraisal districts encourage informal meetings prior to the ARB hearing to see if the case can be settled. Sometimes a face to face meeting is a good way to hash out an issue that isn’t so cut and dry or discuss a larger value reduction (for residential - usually over $50,000 in reduced value). If it is worth it to take time out of your day you may want to meet informally with a district appraiser. It is not an intimidating experience and there is no reason to get stressed. You will be talking to someone whose job is to meet with taxpayers all day. Most informal meetings take about 15 minutes or so. You will likely need to wait in line to see an appraiser. Depending on the time of year and time of day, the wait time will vary. Going in early in the appeal season (as close to when you received the notice) is better than waiting until right before your Appraisal Review Board hearing. You should always go at least 48 hours before your hearing (2 business days). The biggest tip I can offer you is to be organized with your information. It would be a mistake to think that by going in person you can ease off on the evidence packet. Know the value you are asking for and how you calculated that value. The evidence packet that PropertyTax.io supplies to you does this for you. 


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