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Penalties

If you do not pay the first installment of your annual secured tax bill at the Tax Collector's Office by 5:00 p.m. on December 10th (if December 10th falls on a weekend, taxes are not delinquent until 5:00 p.m. the next business day), or payment is not postmarked by that time and date, then the taxes become delinquent and a 10% delinquent penalty is added.

 If you fail to pay the second installment of your annual secured tax bill at the Tax Collector's Office by 5:00 p.m. on April 10th (if April 10th falls on a weekend, taxes are not delinquent until 5:00 p.m. the next business day), or payment is not postmarked by that time and date, it becomes delinquent and a 10% penalty plus an administrative charge of $20.00 is added. Per Revenue and Taxation Code, State of California (Section 2703) the second installment of taxes may be paid separately only if the first installment of taxes has been paid. 

If you fail to pay either or both installments of your annual secured tax bill at the Tax Collector's Office by 5:00 p.m. on June 30th (if June 30th falls on a weekend, taxes must be paid by 5:00 p.m. on the preceding business day), or payment is not postmarked by that time and date, then the property becomes tax defaulted and additional penalties and costs accrue. See our FAQ section on Delinquent Taxes for full information.

If you fail to pay the installments of your supplemental tax bill by the applicable delinquency dates, the same penalties accrue as for delinquent annual taxes. Read our section on Supplemental Property Taxes for more information.

If you fail to pay your Unsecured Property Taxes by the delinquency date, a 10% penalty will be added. If the unsecured bill remains unpaid on the last day of the second month after the 10% penalty was added, an additional penalty of 1.5% will accrue on the first day of each month until paid. The unsecured bills are subject to lien and an additional fee of $120.00 if they remain unpaid and are referred to our Central Collections department.

Returned Payment Fees

When paying online or with a check, a $30 processing or Non-sufficient funds fee will be added to any returned payments. This includes, but is not limited to, incorrect account information submitted during online payment, non-sufficient funds for either electronic payment or check and submitting account information for closed accounts.

Please Note: If a payment is returned after the due date, additional tax penalties (listed above) may apply.

Avoiding Penalties

To avoid penalties plan ahead and make necessary arrangements in advance.

If you are mailing your payment it must be postmarked no later than delinquent date to be considered timely. To make sure the postmark is correct, deliver your envelope in person to the post office and ask them to stamp it with the current date.

If you are paying through our website, make sure you are entering the correct account information and have funds available in your account before completing the transaction. 

Visit our Paying Your Taxes section for other ways to ensure your payment is received on time. Or contact the Tax Collector's Office at (707) 565-2281 with any additional questions.