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Rendition Basics - VIDEO




Rendition Basics

In this video, Sylvia Coronado reviews basic questions about rendering business person property. She discusses what a rendition is, what items need to be rendered, and what the important dates and deadlines are. Also included is the distinction between real and personal property. (4:15 mins.)


Rendition Basics Transcript

Hi, my name is Sylvia Coronado and I work for the Harris County Appraisal District.

If you own a business in Harris County, you are required to render your business personal property for taxation. My goal today is to help you understand this process by reviewing three basic questions. (1.) What is a rendition? (2.) What needs to be rendered? And - (3.) What are your important dates and deadlines?


Question 1. What is a rendition?

The simplest answer is - a rendition is a form that gives the appraisal district information about the property your business owns. We use it along with information from similar businesses, to estimate your property's value. Information in a rendition is kept confidential; it cannot be disclosed to third parties except in extreme circumstances, such as by court order.

In Harris County most businesses need to file Form 22-15. If you own any business vehicles, you will also need to file the form for vehicles, Form 22-15-VEH. To get these forms, visit us online at www.hcad.org..

Question 2. What needs to be rendered?

For tax purposes, your property is classified as either "real" property, or personal property. Real property, or real estate, includes land, buildings, and items attached to the land. Personal property includes things that can be owned, but are not attached to land. For example, at home, your personal property includes your sofa, your clothes, and other items. These items are not taxed for property tax purposes in Texas. But personal property used to produce income is taxable and must be rendered. This includes furniture and fixtures used at your place of business, and items used to produce income such as equipment, machinery, computers, inventory, raw materials, finished goods, and work in process. The only time you don't need to render is when the total value of all your business personal property combined is less than $500.

Question 3. What are important dates and deadlines?

There are four important dates you need to know about. The first is:

The first is January 1 - All property is valued as of its status on January 1 of the year. This allows for the fact that property you own, especially inventory, can vary in value during the tax year. January 1 is the official appraisal date.

April 15 - This is the deadline to file your rendition. If you mail it to us, the rendition must be postmarked on or before April 15. If you bring it in person, it must reach our office before the close of business on April 15.

May 15 - If you need more time to render your property you may request a 30-day extension. You must make this request in writing to the appraisal district by April 15. Your new rendition deadline would now be May 15. And lastly:

And lastly May 30 - for good cause, you may even request an additional 15 days if needed. This written request to the appraisal district must be received no later than May 15. The new rendition deadline would be May 30.

Please note that late-filed renditions are subject to penalties.

For more detailed information on how to fill out the rendition form, please watch our video entitled, Rendition Form Requirements. You may also call (713) 957-7800 and ask for the Business Assistance Center.

I hope I have answered some of your questions about rendition. Thanks for watching!


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