CONFIDENTIALITY PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO CERTAIN CRIMINAL JUSTICE EMPLOYEES, FEDERAL OR STATE JUDGES, AND SHELTER CENTERS

Texas Tax Code §25.025 permits certain persons to request that the appraisal district restrict from public access any information in the appraisal district records required by §25.02 that could be used to identify their home addresses.

Eligible persons include commissioned security officers; county jailers; current or former peace officers; current or former employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or predecessor in function of the department, or any division of the department; current or former federal or state judges, or a judge’s spouse; certain victims of family violence; current or former U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and the spouse or child of an attorney; current or former employees of a prosecutor's office; adult probation officers or employees of a probation department; current or former employees of the Office of the Attorney General who are or were assigned to a division, the duties of which involve law enforcement; U.S. criminal investigators; and special investigators.

The State Comptroller of Public Accounts prescribes the form on which these confidentiality requests may be made. Copies of the form are available at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxforms/50-284.pdf or from HCAD's website at www.hcad.org under FORMS, Other Forms; or from the Information & Assistance Division at the HCAD office.

Tax Code § 25.026 also requires appraisal districts to keep confidential any information in the appraisal records that identifies the address of a shelter center for family violence, a sexual assault program, or a shelter for victims of the trafficking of persons. These terms are defined in Section 51.002 of the Human Resources Code and Section 420.003 of the Government Code, respectively.

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