Frequently Asked Questions During COVID19

 

Q. Under what circumstances could a property tax deadline be extended?

A.  The Tax Collector DOES NOT have the authority to extend the property tax due date.  Only the State can extend the due date.  However, pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) 2619, if the Tax Collectors office is closed, the next business day that it is open is when the deadline applies.

Q:  What if I am quarantined on April 10 and unable to make my tax payment in person on April 10?

A:  There are other options available to make your property tax payment besides appearing in person.  The majority of tax collectors accept most electronic payments, credit card payments over the phone, checks and money orders in addition to cash.   Your bank may also be able to schedule a payment from your account through bill pay.  If you are quarantined and unable to take advantage of alternate payment options provided, your tax collector may be able to waive any penalties or interest because Revenue and Taxation Code Section 4985.2 grants authority for delays beyond the taxpayer’s control. Justifiable documentation to support your appeal may be requested. If you cannot pay because the office is closed, the next business day the office is open becomes the deadline date. There would be no extension beyond that date without approval from the State.  Under RTC 2619, the tax collector will waive penalties and interest as long as the bill is paid the day the office reopens.  (see links at bottom for each county office.)

Q: What if the Tax Collector’s Office is closed on April 10 or can’t accept a cash payment because of the lack of staff available to process a cash payment?

A: Your tax collector has the authority to waive any penalties or interest because RTC 2619 (see above) covers what happens if a tax collector’s office is closed on the date the tax is due. If the office is closed, then the next day the tax collector’s office is open is the day the payment is due. 

Q: How can I find out what my payment options are to make sure I don’t have to pay penalties? 

A: County tax collectors must accept all forms of legal tender: checks drawn on a US Bank  denominated in US Dollars, cash, money orders, cashiers checks, electronic funds transfer, credit card online and by phone. Most banks offer a free or low-cost electronic bill pay service to their customers.  Payments are not delinquent if postmarked April 10.  You may wish to consider purchasing a Proof of Mailing from the USPS if you mail your payment at the last minute.  You may also deposit your payment in the drop-box/mailbox attached to the exterior of the building by the front doors  at 555 County Center, Redwood City.

For payment information for each county, please visit:

Amador County

www.amadorgov.org

Butte County

www.buttecounty.net/ttc

Calaveras County

www.taxcollector.calaverasgov.us

City & County of San Francisco

www.sftreasurer.org

Colusa County

www.countyofcolusa.org

Contra Costa County

www.cctax.us

Del Norte County

www.co.del-norte.ca.us

El Dorado County

www.edcgov.us/taxcollector

Fresno County

www.fresnocountyca.gov

Glenn County

www.countyofglenn.net

Humboldt County

www.humboldtgov.org/tax

Imperial County

www.co.imperial.ca.us/taxcollectortreasurer/index.htm

Inyo County

www.inyocounty.us

Kern County

www.kcttc.co.kern.ca.us

Kings County

www.countyofkings.com

Lake County

www.tax.lakecountyca.gov

Lassen County

www.lassencounty.org

Los Angeles County

www.ttc.lacounty.gov

Madera County

www.madera-county.com/government/treasurer-tax-collector

Marin County

www.marincounty.org/dof

Mariposa County

www.mariposacounty.org

Mendocino County

www.mendocinocounty.org/ttc

Merced County

www.mercedtaxcollector.org

Modoc County

www.co.modoc.ca.us

Mono County

www.monocounty.ca.gov/tax

Monterey County

www.co.monterey.ca.us/taxcollector

Napa County

www.countyofnapa.org

Nevada County

www.mynevadacounty.com/348/treasurer-tax-collector

Orange County

www.ttc.ocgov.com

Placer County

www.placer.ca.gov/tax

Plumas County

www.countyofplumas.com

Riverside County

www.countytreasurer.org

Sacramento County

www.finance.saccounty.net

San Benito County

www.cosb.us

San Bernardino County

www.sbcounty.gov/atc

San Diego County

www.sdttc.com

San Joaquin County

www.sjcttc.org

San Luis Obispo County

www.slocountytaxca.gov

San Mateo County

www.sanmateocountytaxcollector.org

Santa Barbara County

www.countyofsb.org/ttcpapg

Santa Clara County

www.sccgov.org

Santa Cruz County

www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/departments/taxcollector.aspx

Shasta County

www.co.shasta.ca.us/departments/ttc

Sierra County

www.sierracounty.ca.gov

Siskiyou County

www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/treasurer-tax-collector

Solano County

www.solanocounty.com

Sonoma County

www.sonoma-county.org/acttc

Stanislaus County

www.stancounty.com/tr-tax

Sutter County

www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/dept/ttc/ttchome

Tehama County

www.tax.tehama.ca.us

Trinity County

www.trinitycounty.org

Tulare County

www.tularecounty.ca.gov/auditorcontroller

Tuolumne County

www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/tax

Ventura County

www.ventura.org/ttc

Yolo County

www.yolocounty.org

Yuba County

www.co.yuba.ca.us/departments/treasurer