California Property Tax Information and FAQs
How much are property taxes?
Although property taxes change due to local assessments, the general rule of thumb is about 1.25% of your properties assessed value.
When are the taxes due?
Annual property tax bills are mailed in early October of each year. The bill is payable in two installments.
The 1st installment is due on November 1 and is delinquent if the payment is not received by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by December 10. A 10% penalty is assessed for delinquent payments.
The 2nd installment is due on February 1 and is delinquent if the payment is not received by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by April 10, a 10% penalty and $10.00 cost fee are assessed.
If December 10 or April 10 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the delinquency date is the next business day.
Both installments can be paid at the same time. If you choose to pay both installments in one payment, please include the first and second installment stubs with your payment.
Payment Deadline Summary
Installment Due Date Delinquency Date* Penalty, if delinquent
1st November 1 December 10 10% of amount due
1 April 10 10 % of amount due + $10.00 Cost Fee
*If December 10th or April 10th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the delinquency date is the next business day.
How can I save money on property taxes?
Every homeowner who occupies their home and it is a primary residence in entitled to what's known as the homeowners exemption (HOX). In short the exemption will reduce your homes assessed value by $7,000 and will alter your property taxes accordingly. It's not necessarily much, but it's free to apply. For more information go to our Homeowners exemption page.
What is proposition 13 and how does it benefit me?
Proposition 13 gives homeowners long-term security by providing predictability in taxes. Property taxes are levied once a year. The tax "rate" is applied to the value of your home to determine your tax bill. Proposition 13 helps you by limiting the maximum tax rate to 1%. If a home has a value of $250,000, the owner will see a tax bill of $2,500. For more information visit our Prop 13 page.
What about special assessments?
Visit our mello-roos information page to learn more about special assessments to your property tax bill.