Rewards of Merit: Property Tax

Minimizing Taxable Values in a Down Market


A large E&P company with a presence in counties across East Texas, Wyoming and Louisiana engaged Merit to help improve its tax liability and planning.

Results for client

$1.7 M

Annual Cash Tax Savings

Implemented Strategies to Eliminate Annual Tax Liabilities


  • The client sought to minimize tax liabilities for mineral, real, and business personal properties based on market conditions.


  • The client needed to develop a strategy for estimating future property taxes.

Merit Action Plan:

  • Communicated with client’s internal tax department weekly to obtain information needed to maximize reduction in taxable value.


  • Negotiated with valuation firms proactively to resolve any issues before county appraisal districts sent out notices of value.


  • Applied a holistic approach encompassing expenses, burdens and post-production capital expenditures.

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