Welcome to Wharton Central Appraisal District!

Protest deadline MAY 16, 2022 or
30 days AFTER the Notice was mailed whichever is later

Residential, Commercial and Rural Property
Mail April 20, 2022 – Deadline to Protest May 20, 2022

Industrial, Business Personal Property, Utilities and Oil/Gas
Notice of Value mail May 25, 2022 –
Deadline to Protest this Notice of Value is June 24, 2022

The appraisal district determines the MARKET VALUE, or the value at which this property would sell for, as of January 1, 2022. For comparison between last year and this year, see the boxed values. HOWEVER, you may not pay taxes on that amount. Your taxable value is the far-right column. For homestead property, your taxable value may only increase 10% per year, so if the new market value is greater than a 10% increase, you will not pay taxes on the full amount. If your land has qualified for ag, the taxable value is the reduced ag value for production, while the market value is the value it would sell for.

The appraisal district utilizes the same process as any other appraisal firm to gather the sale prices of properties that have ALREADY sold in the year 2021. These sold properties are then analyzed to determine the market trends, areas and price per square foot. That data is used to appraise ALL properties in Wharton County at market value. There has been significant media attention this last year on soaring real estate prices and cost to build new homes. Many buyers are offering more that the asking price in order to get into a new home. The appraisal district utilizes what has already occurred and follows what the real estate market reflects.

The appraisal district is responsible for the appraised market value. If you determine that your value may not be accurate, please file your protest.

Beginning August 7th, please visit Wharton.countytaxrates.com Once the value is finalized, the tax units will begin the tax rate adoption process. You can follow that process and the estimated tax at the different rates on that website. This is the transparency website for the tax rate calculations and adoption process. The CAD will no longer have information on estimated taxes.

Please visit https://wharton.countytaxrates.com to participate in the tax rate process.

Central Appraisal District of Wharton County presents the information on this web site as a service to the public. We have tried to ensure that the information contained in this electronic document is accurate. Central Appraisal District of Wharton County makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or at other sites to which we link. Assessing accuracy and reliability of information is the responsibility of the user. Central Appraisal District of Wharton County shall not be liable for errors contained herein or for any damages in connection with the use of the information contained herein.

Mission Statement:

Wharton County Central Appraisal District (WCAD) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas.  The Appraisal District’s primary responsibility is to develop an annual appraisal roll, by establishing and maintaining market value appraisals for all real and business personal property, for use by the 22 local taxing units in imposing ad valorem taxes on property in the county.  The Texas Property Tax Code is the primary source of law and guidance for the Texas property tax system.

*** Wharton CAD has elected NOT to accept BPP Renditions by Email. Late Penalties will be determined by Postmark Date of Mailed Rendition. You may copy to email address and/or send backup data to email, but email date will not satisfy deadline requirement.  The CAD does not have staff to monitor and respond to email, or print your rendition. ***

*** ATTENTION: OVER 65 EXEMPTIONS H.B. 394 Amends the Tax Code to include information that indicates the age of a property owner, including information indicating that a property owner is 65 years of age or older, among the information in property tax appraisal records that is prohibited from being posted on the Internet. The bill requires the Chief Appraiser for each appraisal district to ensure that any information indicating the age of a property owner that is posted on a website controlled by the appraisal district is removed from the website not later than the bill’s effective date. EFFECTIVED DATE: September 1, 2015 ***