- APRIL 10 PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE UPDATE
- HERE IS A CURRENT LIST OF COUNTY TAX RESOURCES
- PROPERTY TAX – PENALTY WAIVERS
- SAN FRANCISCO HAS GRANTED AUTOMATIC WAIVERS
- CBPA 2020 CALENDAR
APRIL 10 PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE UPDATE
CBPA has been working on your behalf to get an automatic waiver established for any late payments of the April 10 second installment property tax.
CBPA LETTER: March 24, 2020, regarding property taxes/COVID-19:
COALITION LETTER: April 3, 2020, regarding property taxes/COVID-19:
Sadly, the counties have responded that although they will take the COVID-19 pandemic into account, most have not done anything to automatically waive penalties. So far, the County of San Francisco is the only county to push of the deadline and waive penalties (until May 4).
Here is the CSAC release which announces the status quo.
CBPA RESPONSE: April 6, 2020 Letter to CSAC on COVID-19 Property Tax Issues
HERE IS A CURRENT LIST OF COUNTY TAX RESOURCES
The second installment of property taxes are due this Friday, April 10.
Pay your taxes, as normal, by that date.
However, if you are having issues directly related to the COVID-19 shut-down in the State of California, and need information about what your county is doing to help, see below to find a county-by-county breakdown of what each county is doing and how to find more information.
CBPA has been working to try to get statewide relief and will continue to advocate for a solution that puts less stress and burden on companies that are already being devastated by this crisis. But at this point each county is implementing its own tax collection and penalty waiver process.
Click here for County-By-County Property Tax COVID-19 Resources (fixed link)
We would like to thank our friends at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for collecting this information and sharing it with our members.
PROPERTY TAX – PENALTY WAIVERS
Today, on behalf of the commercial, residential, and retail real estate industry, Rex Hime, President and CEO of California Business Properties Association, sent a letter to the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) asking they urge their members to work with property owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CBPA specifically called on CSAC to urge its members to do the following:
1. Allow a limited time grace period for waiving late fees
2. Provide a process to request waivers online
3. Create standard form for companies that operate in multiple counties
4. Track the number of waivers requested in a statewide database
5. Report number of waivers granted
Commercial properties have been severely impacted, ranging from shut downs of full shopping malls and offices, to closures of gyms, movie theaters, nail salons, and thousands of other businesses by government mandate. Elected officials have understandably granted deferrals on rent payments since retail and service sales have been halted in all non-essential establishments, which further restricts cash-flow on top of the overall economic slowdown.
We understand each county is independent, and that property taxes fund extremely important governmental functions, and do not want to interrupt payments from companies that are in a position to do that, but for those companies that are having cash-flow issues directly related to COVID-19 shelter-at-home orders, we ask that your organization encourage your members to:
We urge our members to contact your own county Board of Supervisors and advocate for local relief.
Click here for the April 6, 2020 Letter to CSAC on COVID-19 Property Tax Issues.
SAN MATEO AND SAN FRANCISCO GRANT AUTOMATIC WAIVERS
San Mateo and San Francisco County have rightly recognized that mandating every property owner to file waivers for late payments places unnecessary burdens on not only tax filers, but on tax processors as well.
The question is not whether these taxes are due and should be paid, but whether a property owner who pays a little bit late due to the COVID-19 pandemic should be expected to pay a 10% penalty.
Click here to read the SF Treasurer statement announcing a three week reprieve on property tax payment and an automatic waiving of late fees.
MEDIA: PROPERTY TAXES – MOST STICKING TO DEADLINE
Click here for the story focusing on San Francisco and San Mateo, noting that most other counties are not providing relief.
CBPA 2020 CALENDAR
Thursday, April 9
CBPA Industrywide Legislative Meeting
VIA TELECONFERENCE – EMAIL FOR MORE INFO
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 9-10
California Commercial Real Estate Summit
Cal Chamber, Sacramento
DUE TO SHELTER IN PLACE ORDERS THIS EVENT IS PENDING
Thursday, November 5
CBPA Board Meeting & Industry Awards Dinner
The Renaissance Hotel, Newport Beach