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Property Tax Penalty Waived until May 2021?

Property Tax Penalty Waived until May 2021?

On May 6, 2020, the State of California provided relief for some taxpayers who were unable to make their regular April/May 2020 property tax payments by suspending penalties, costs, and interest for those late payments until May 6, 2021! But note that some restrictions apply, such as demonstration of financial hardship due to the pandemic, owner-occupied or -used properties only, and filing of claims by each county’s deadline.

Typically, property taxes are due to the county tax collectors in two installments: first on November 1 (delinquent after December 10) and second on February 1 (delinquent after April 10). To provide relief for tax-payers, Bay Area counties had already delayed property tax due dates and/or waived late penalties for the second installment. So if you do not qualify under the State’s May 6 Executive Order, here are some property tax due dates:

  • If you’re in San Francisco, property taxes will be considered late after Friday May 15. The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector will temporarily reopen for in-person cash payments on May 13 and 14 (9:00am to 4:00pm) and May 15 (9:00am to 5:00pm). Requests for a penalty waiver is possible after the May 15 deadline.
  • For San Mateo county residents, property taxes were extended to Monday May 4.
  • Santa Clara county also did not extend the April 10 due date but is automatically waiving penalties until June 30.
  • Alameda county did not extend the April 10 due date but will consider applications for waivers of penalties, interest, and costs for delinquent taxes until May 31.
  • In Contra Costa county, property taxes were considered delinquent after April 10 but applications for waivers were due by May 6.
  • Tax payers in Marin county also have an April 10 deadline but could submit a waiver until May 15.

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