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Tax Assessor-Collector

Description of Office

  • Calculates property tax rates for the county.
  • Collects property taxes for the county.
  • May collect taxes for cities, schools and other local taxing entities.
  • Processes motor vehicle title transfers.
  • Issues motor vehicle registration and licenses.
  • May process boat titles and registrations.
  • Registers voters and may conduct elections.
  • Collects various other fees for the state and county.
For more complete information about the duties of the tax assessor-collector and other county officials, see the “2016 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.

Education Requirements

A county assessor-collector must successfully complete 20 hours of continuing education before each anniversary of the date on which the county assessor-collector takes office. The continuing education must include at least 10 hours of instruction on laws relating to the assessment and collection of property taxes for a county assessor-collector who assesses or collects property taxes. A county assessor-collector may carry forward from one 12-month period to the next not more than 10 continuing education hours that, if in addition, a county assessor-collector shall successfully complete continuing education courses on ethics and on the constitutional and statutory duties of the county assessor-collector not later than the 90th day after the date on which the county assessor-collector first takes office. 

Newly elected or appointed tax assessor-collectors that assess or collect property taxes shall also successfully complete at least 40 hours of continuing education courses on the assessment and collection of property taxes, including a course dedicated to Chapter 26, not later than the first anniversary of the date on which the county assessor-collector first takes office.

Coordinating Bodies
Tax Assessor-Collector Association of Texas
Education Committee
Programs that qualify
Continuing education must be approved by a state agency or an accredited institution of higher education, including an institution that is a part of or associatied with an accredited institution of higher education. 
Filing for credit
A certificate of attendance is furnished by the sponsor of the conference that you attend. Tax Assessor-Collectors should maintain a copy for their records. The program sponsor will assist by submitting forms to the TACA.   Transcripts will be provided twice a year.
As a courtesy, beginning January 1, 2014, the Texas Association of Counties will track hours and provide transcripts for a County Tax Assessor-Collector.  **The Texas Association of Counties will not approve continuing education credits.

Note: The new requirements take place January 1, 2014.
Legal source
Tax Code, Sec. 6.231​

Open Government Training Information

Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website​.

County Official Organizations

The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy. 

The association for this office: