Jefferson County Property Tax

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With an average tax rate of 1.59%, Jefferson County residents pay an average of $1,406 a year in property taxes
In Texas, there’s no state property tax—rather, property taxes are locally assessed. When it comes to paying your property taxes in Jefferson County, there’s a lot you need to know: when to pay, how to pay, and what you owe, for starters. 
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Property tax 101

If you’re not sure what property taxes are or you’ve never had to pay them, here are the basics:
  • Property taxes are assigned by the local government to pay for public works and municipal projects (think law enforcement, education, road repairs, and transport)
  • Most property taxes apply to real property like land, buildings, and homes (in some counties, your vehicle may also be subject to a property tax)
  • Your property taxes are determined by a local tax assessor, who assigns rates based on market values and the local tax rate—both of which are prone to fluctuation in response to market conditions and local budgets
Basically, property taxes are how local governments collect funding from the people who live in the community

What is the property tax rate in Jefferson County?

In Jefferson County, the average tax rate is 1.59%, and residents pay an average of $1,406 annually
The Jefferson County Tax Assessor’s website answers other common property tax questions in greater detail in their FAQ. 

How Jefferson County property taxes are determined

Jefferson County property taxes are determined by three factors:
  1. The appraised value of your property
  2. The tax rate adopted by your local taxing unit
  3. Exemptions (if any)
The Jefferson County Appraisal District is responsible for appraising and assessing all property values. To estimate your specific tax rate, you can use the Jefferson County Property Tax Calculator
If you think your property’s value has been calculated incorrectly, you can appeal the assessment at your local tax assessor’s office. In Jefferson County, the address and phone number for the tax assessor are as follows: 
Jefferson County Appraisal District 4610 South 4th Street Beaumont, TX 77705 Phone: (409) 840-9944
If you own your property in Texas and consider it your primary residence, you may qualify for a homestead exemption under state law, which in some cases may lower the rate of your property taxes.

What do Jefferson County property taxes pay for?

In Jefferson County, your property taxes help fund your local community in a number of ways:
  • Through K-12 and community education  
  • Public libraries
  • Playgrounds
  • Public transportation
  • City streets and county roads
  • Law enforcement
  • Fire safety
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Building safety
  • Municipal government projects
Property taxes in Jefferson County are the main source of revenue for these projects, and help support the health and well-being of your local community. 

How to pay property taxes in Jefferson County 

Jefferson County property taxes are due by January 31, which gives you roughly three months between statement send-outs in October and the due date. For a detailed breakdown of relevant taxing dates, visit the Jefferson County Appraisals website
To pay your property taxes in Jefferson County, you have a few options:
  • In-person: Taxes may be paid in person by cash, check, or credit/debit card at the following locations:
Jefferson County Courthouse 1149 Pearl Street 1st Floor Beaumont, TX 77701 Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Mid-County Office 4605 Jerry Ware Dr. Beaumont, TX 77705 Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Port Arthur Sub Courthouse 525 Lakeshore Drive Port Arthur, TX 77640 Hours: 8:00 am – Noon and 1 pm – 4:30 pm
  • By mail: You can also mail in your property taxes, directly to your tax assessor. Note that paying in cash via mail is not recommended, and payments are dated from the U.S.P.S. postage stamp. To pay by mail, use the following address: Allison Nathan Getz, Assessor-Collector of Taxes, Jefferson County Tax Office, P. O. Box 2112, Beaumont, TX 77704-2112
  • By phone: To pay by phone with a credit/debit card or e-check, call 1-866-549-1010.  (Your bureau code is 2228888). 
  • Online: To pay with a credit/debit card or by e-check online, visit the Property Balances site and complete the subsequent form.

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FAQs

Property taxes are due by January 31, following the October rollout of statements. If you have not submitted adequate payment by February 1, you may be subject to fees.
Your property tax statement will be mailed directly to your permanent address. If you haven’t received your statement by December, contact your local Tax Office. In Texas, the law puts the burden on the property owner to make sure they receive their statement.
Resident in Jefferson County pays an average of $1,406 a year in property taxes—a rate slightly higher than the national tax rate of 1.08%.

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