San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is now accepting penalty cancellation requests for those who have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We know COVID-19 has had widespread consequences for people in San Diego, California and across the nation, and we want to be as compassionate and lenient as possible,” said McAllister. “We will cancel late penalties for those directly affected by the virus.”
Taxpayers can find a special penalty cancellation request form on the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s (TTC) website, along with additional information.
Here is what a taxpayer must do to submit a penalty cancellation request:
- Complete the request form, print it and sign it.
- Include printed documentation showing why they were unable to pay their property taxes by April 10, the delinquent date.
- Include a check for the second installment of property taxes they owe. The TTC does not accept request forms when there is no payment attached.
- Mail the request form, documentation, and check to SDTTC – ATTN: COVID-19 REVIEW, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, San Diego California, 92101. Alternatively, drop off a request in the TTC’s drop boxes found outside all our branch office locations.
- Requests must be submitted by June 30.
All penalty cancellation requests will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. If a taxpayer is unable to pay their second installment by June 30 and is seeking an extended period of time to pay, state law provides the option of a payment plan beginning on July 1. Once taxes are in default, however, all penalties and interest apply when going on to a payment plan.
“Property taxes fund many essential services, including coronavirus response and the salaries of first responders,” said McAllister. “That’s why we encourage those who can pay their taxes to do so as soon as possible so our county, schools and cities can meet their financial obligations.”
Residents should stay up-to-date on ways to stay healthy, current closures and the County’s coronavirus response at coronavirus-sd.com.