- Collects approximately $4.5 billion dollars in County, city, school, and special district taxes; processes any replicated payments within sixty (60) days, maintains complete and accurate files on the tax payment status of approximately 980,000 parcels, and processes taxpayer inquiries in a timely and courteous manner.
- Maintains records of all tax-defaulted parcels and computes amounts necessary to redeem when requested by the taxpayer; computes amounts and establishes controls for installment plans on redemptions; prepares and mails notices of Power to Sell; determines parcels to sell at public auction and selects dates of the sale; coordinates sale and accounts for proceeds of sale.
- Collects approximately $150 million in unsecured personal property taxes (business property, boats and airplanes). Prepares tax liens on delinquent unsecured taxpayers; and collects delinquent mobile home fees assigned to the County by the State before issuing Tax Clearance Certificates. Collects TOT Tax and Racehorse Tax. Responds to all taxpayer inquiries for property tax payment information.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
July 1 - Beginning of fiscal year.
January 1 - Unsecured bills mailed out; Lien date for unsecured taxes.
August 31 - Unsecured deadline. A 10% penalty is added.
September - Treasurer-Tax Collector mails out original secured property tax bills.
November 1 - First installment is due (Secured Property Tax) and delinquent Unsecured accounts are changed additional penalties of 1½% until paid.
December 10 - First installment payment deadline. A 10% penalty is added to payments made after this date.*
February 1 - Second installment due (Secured Property Tax).
April 10 - Second installment payment deadline. A 10% penalty plus $10.00 cost is added to payments made after this date.*
May - Treasurer-Tax Collector mails delinquent notices for any unpaid, regular current taxes.
June 30 - End of fiscal year.
July 1 - Delinquent Secured accounts are transferred to delinquent tax roll and additional penalties added at 1- ½% per month on any unpaid tax amounts, plus $33.00 redemption fee.
* If a delinquent date falls on a weekend or holiday, the delinquent date is the next business day.
AVOID PENALTIES TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR PROPERTY TAXES
Make sure you receive bills for all property that you own. Keep track of all parcel numbers, i.e.,147-240-03-01. Check off the bills as you receive them and e-mail or call the Tax Collection Division of the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office (toll free) at 877.829.4732 if you are missing any bills. Please allow 15 days for mailing. Remember: UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TAXPAYER TO OBTAIN ALL TAX BILL(S) AND TO MAKE TIMELY PAYMENT .
On the secured tax roll, the first installment is due November 1 and delinquent after December 10, and the second installment is due on February 1 and delinquent after April 10. Taxpayers have the option of paying both installments when the first installment is due. Penalties will not be waived due to not receiving a bill.
Make sure that you note December 10 and April 10 as payment deadlines for
secured roll taxes as compared to the I.R.S. April 15th deadline for federal taxes. A news release in the newspaper just prior to the tax deadline is the only written notice given of the deadline for payment of county taxes.
Mail your property tax payments early to make sure that the envelope is postmarked on or before December 10 and April 10. According to California law, the Treasurer-Tax Collector must review the postmark date to determine if payment was mailed before the deadline.
By paying your taxes on time, you save the following penalties required by California law:
A 10% penalty added after 5:00 p.m. on December 10.*
A 10% penalty and $10.00 cost added after 5:00 p.m. on April 10.*
After the end of the fiscal year (June 30), a $33.00 redemption fee and a 1-½ % per month (18% per annum) penalty is added on the unpaid tax amount. If a "tax defaulted" notation appears on your tax bill, you may have unpaid taxes for prior years. Substantial savings in penalties can be achieved by paying any prior year back taxes or by initiating a five-year installment plan of redemption.
*If a delinquent date falls on a weekend or holiday, the delinquent date is the next business day.
Keep the County Assessor-Recorder informed of any change in address so that future tax bills will be mailed to the correct address. You may contact the Assessor-Recorder at ( 619 ) 236-3771.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO NEW HOME BUYERS:
You can possibly save costly penalties if, prior to the purchase of property and close of escrow, you make sure there are no prior delinquent taxes owing, and pre-arrange who pays the current installment due and owing.
If property is purchased in November, determine who is to pay the first installment due on or before December 10 for the period of July 1 through December 30.
Keep in mind that as a new property owner, California law requires that you be responsible for the timely payment of taxes on your property. DO NOT WAIT TO BE NOTIFIED or expect receipt of a tax bill. None may be forthcoming. Make it a matter of your personal attention and responsibility to find out what taxes are due and owing by you, as required by law.
In a normal escrow, current year taxes are usually pro-rated at the time of closing or escrow between the interested parties, based on the number of calendar days each party held ownership during the fiscal year which extends from July 1 through June 30. Pro-ration is a matter strictly between the parties involved. The Treasurer-Tax Collector cannot adjust the taxes. The installment amount as shown on the tax bill is the amount due by the party determined at the close of escrow. Check your title papers to see if you were credited or debited an amount for the time in the fiscal year you owned the property.
CURRENT YEAR SECURED PROPERTY TAXES EVENTS CALENDAR
Current Secured Property Tax Bills