Newcomers to Texas can look forward to a high quality of life in a state with no personal income tax, no state property taxes, and no unitary tax. Even local property taxes are relatively low. For assistance with tax-related issues or answers to questions about taxes in Texas, contact:

Comptroller of Public Accounts

Field Offices

Houston Northwest
1919 North Loop West
Houston 713-426-8200

Houston Southwest
2222 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston 218-226-8000

Sales Tax
The Texas sales tax rate is 6.25 percent, although local sales and use taxes imposed by local jurisdictions include cities, counties, special purpose districts, and transit authorities. In general, the combined rate cannot exceed 2 percent, which makes 8.25 percent the highest rate. The rate for the City of Houston is 8.25 percent (1 percent city tax and 1 percent transit authority tax).

Local Sales & Use Tax Rate Information

Gasoline Tax
Fuels used to operate motor vehicles are taxed at a rate of 20 cents per gallon. These include gasoline, liquefied petroleum, and diesel.

Property Taxes
Also known as “ad valorem” taxes, property taxes are locally assessed. The county appraisal district appraises the property; local taxing units set the tax rates and collect property taxes based on appraised values. Local taxing units such as city, county, school, and special districts prepare a budget and set tax rates high enough to raise sufficient funds.

The property tax year goes through four stages: appraisal of property, protesting appraisals, formulating tax rates, and collecting the taxes. Property owners over 65 years of age and owners who are totally disabled can claim certain exemptions. For more information, contact your county tax officials:

Property Appraisal Districts

Harris County

Brazoria County

Fort Bend County

Galveston County

Matagorda County

Montgomery County

Tax Assessors/Collectors

Harris County

Brazoria County
Central/West 979-864-1320
South 979-388-1320
North 281-756-1320

Fort Bend County

Galveston County

Matagorda County

Montgomery County

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