Texas Wildlife Exemption Annual Report

Texas Wildlife Exemption Annual Report

There’s a lot of confusion floating around the state regarding the Texas Wildlife Tax Valuation (Exemption) and the annual reports that are required. Or are they required at all? A closer look at the inner workings of the wildlife tax valuation have found that annual reports, although they can be requested by appraisal districts, are not necessarily critical to maintaining a property under wildlife management.


From: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Subject: Wildlife Management Reports

Dear Chief Appraisers:

“One of the questions in the 2010-2011 appraisal district reviews under the Methods and Assistance Program (MAP) concerned annual reports filed by property owners to demonstrate implementation of wildlife management plans. Comptroller Rule 9.2003(g) authorizes appraisal districts to require annual reports; however, it does not require that annual wildlife reports be filed in order for property to maintain eligibility for open-space land appraisal. Instead, the rule creates a local option.”

“Annual reports concerning how wildlife management plans are implemented are not required. Chief appraisers have the option to request them from property owners.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jeff Van Pelt at 1-800-252-9121 (press 1 to access the directory, then press 3-3820).”

Deborah Cartwright
Property Tax Assistance Division

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