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roberts_bj
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Solar Panel Property Tax Exemption
by roberts_bj on January 3rd, 2012

Solar Panel Folks - Don't forget to send in your solar exemption. Due by April 30th. I think this is something that is required every year if you don't want the value of your panels to increase your property taxes.

Here is a link to the Travis County Appraisal District Forms page. The form is called Exemption Application for Solar... half way down on the right column. http://www.traviscad.org/forms.html

I have also attached the form here... if it works.

 
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Betsy
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Solar Panel Property Tax Exemption
by Betsy on January 3rd, 2012

I asked about this when we protested our appraisal. We were told that they generally won't add the panels to the appraisal. If they do, you can file the exemption form then to have them exempted. If you file the form, they'll add the panels and then exempt them.

Could someone who has had their panels for several years clarify?
 
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Solar Panel Property Tax Exemption
by smittyhoo on January 4th, 2012

We have had our panels since 2009 and we have never filed this form and they have never added the value of our panels to the home because they know they are not supposed to. I am going to assume this will continue and only react by filing the form if needed. What a ridiculous waste of time really if you think about having to file for a guaranteed exemption each year that is plainly visible from the exterior of the home. I am glad the Travis County appraisers do not put us through that rigmarole. Maybe this form would be needed in another county where panels are rare and they are not up on the rules but based on personal experience everyone does not need to waste a bunch of time filing this each year. The only scenario I could see where this may apply for Mueller down the line is after many years of many sales of homes with panels the sale prices could be somewhat inflated by the value of the panels. If the appraiser looked only at the sales prices in valuation I imagine that this could drag up the valuations slowly over time.
 
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Solar Panel Property Tax Exemption
by Ms Ice Monkey on January 4th, 2012

I am frustrated because we specifically asked about the exemption when we protested our taxes last year, and both the person helping us and her supervisor had no idea what I was talking about. We were successfully able to lower our assessment to a recent appraisal from refinancing our house, but I tried to argue that it should be even lower since presumably a private appraiser would include the value of the solar panels.

If TCAD did include the solar panels in their appraisal, would it be a specific line item under Segment Information, like listing that the house has HVAC? Otherwise, how would you know whether or not their appraisal includes the solar?
 
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Solar Panel Property Tax Exemption
by dmick on January 4th, 2012

Maybe this will clarify.

Here's the specific language from the Texas tax code:


Sec. 11.27. SOLAR AND WIND-POWERED ENERGY DEVICES. (a) A person is entitled to an exemption from taxation of the amount of appraised value of his property that arises from the installation or construction of a solar or wind-powered energy device that is primarily for production and distribution of energy for on-site use.
(b) The comptroller, with the assistance of the Texas Energy and Natural Resources Advisory Council, or its successor, shall develop guidelines to assist local officials in the administration of this section.
(c) In this section:
(1) "Solar energy device" means an apparatus designed or adapted to convert the radiant energy from the sun, including energy imparted to plants through photosynthesis employing the bioconversion processes of anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis, or fermentation, but not including direct combustion, into thermal, mechanical, or electrical energy; to store the converted energy, either in the form to which originally converted or another form; or to distribute radiant solar energy or the energy to which the radiant solar energy is converted.
(2) "Wind-powered energy device" means an apparatus designed or adapted to convert the energy available in the wind into thermal, mechanical, or electrical energy; to store the converted energy, either in the form to which originally
 
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Betsy
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by Betsy on January 4th, 2012

I'm not sure, but I got the impression that it would be a separate line item on the appraisal.
 
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