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Property Tax Postponement Deadline Extended for Homeowners in 26 California Counties Hit by Natural Disasters

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SACRAMENTO—State Controller Betty T. Yee today announced California homeowners recently affected by major earthquakes, winter storms, wildfires, and flooding have more time to apply for the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) program. Administered by the State Controller’s Office, PTP allows homeowners who are seniors, are blind, or have a disability and who meet income, equity, and other requirements to delay payment of property taxes on their primary residence. 

Residents of these 26 counties in governor-declared disaster areas now have a deadline of June 1 to apply for 2019-20 PTP: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Ventura, and Yolo.

In the 2018-19 tax year, California homeowners postponed more than $3.5 million in residential property taxes through PTP.

Funding for the program is limited, and applications are processed in the order they are received. Participants must reapply each year and demonstrate they continue to meet eligibility requirements. The interest rate for all taxes postponed under PTP is seven percent. A lien is placed on the real property, or a security agreement filed with the Department of Housing and Community Development for a manufactured home, until the account is paid in full.  

Applications for the 2020-21 tax year will be available in September. Applications and program details can be found online or by calling (800) 952-5661.

As the chief fiscal officer of California, Controller Yee is responsible for accountability and disbursement of the state’s financial resources. The Controller has independent auditing authority over government agencies that spend state funds. She is a member of numerous financing authorities, and fiscal and financial oversight entities including the Franchise Tax Board. She also serves on the boards for the nation’s two largest public pension funds. Elected in 2014 and reelected in 2018, Controller Yee is the tenth woman elected to a statewide office in California’s history. Follow the Controller on Twitter at @CAController and on Facebook at California State Controller’s Office.