September 2, 2016

Glitch means some Tarrant taxpayers get a refund

An estimated 5,000 property owners should be receiving refund checks due to a software glitch in the Tarrant Appraisal District system.

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An estimated 5,000 property owners should be receiving refund checks due to a software glitch in the Tarrant Appraisal District system.

A software glitch means that some Tarrant County property owners will be getting a check rather than paying property taxes.

The county estimates that 5,000 property owners – seven times more than last year – are owed refunds. In all, about $12 million will be paid out, said Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright.

He blamed an erroneous system upgrade Tarrant Appraisal District installed in April.

“It was a big mess,” Wright said.

The tax collector’s office is still figuring out who is due money back.  Wright said most of the recipients will be homeowners who had tax account changes before April. He said this includes appraisal reductions granted after taxes were paid and applications for a homestead extension.

Property owners should receive a check in the mail by Oct. 19, said Wright.

“I’ve made it a priority,” Wright said. “It’s the people’s money and we owe it to them.”

Call the Appraisal District office at (817)-284-4063 to see check for refund eligibility or wait for a check.

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