Lamar County Appraisal District Reminds Businesses to Render their Taxable Property by April 17

If you own tangible personal property that is used to produce income, you must file a rendition with the Lamar County Appraisal District by April 17, 2017.

A rendition is a report that lists all the taxable property you owned on January 1st of this year. Property includes inventory and equipment used by a business. Owners do not have to render exempt property, such as church property or an agriculture producers equipment used for farming.

“The appraisal district may use the information submitted in the rendition to set property values,” said Jerry Patton.

You can also file a report of decreased value to notify the appraisal district of significant depreciation of your property. “For example, if your property was damaged by a storm, flood or fire last year, you should file a report of decreased value. The appraisal district will look at your property before assigning a value in 2017,” said Jerry Patton.

The last day to file a rendition or report of decreased value is April 17, 2017. If a rendition is filed late or incomplete or not at all, a 10 percent to 50 percent penalty may be imposed. Property owners who need more time to file their renditions may file a written request with the Chief Appraiser on or before April 15 to receive an automatic extension to May 15. The Chief Appraiser may also grant an additional 15 days after the proposed deadline, if necessary.

For more information about rendering property, deadline extensions, penalties and rendition forms, taxpayers may contact the Lamar County Appraisal District at 903-785-7822 and speak with Stephanie Lee. We are located at 521 Bonham Street, Paris, TX. Information is also available from the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/.