Where My Taxes Go
COUNTYWIDE 1% PROPERTY TAX DISTRIBUTION FY2020-21
Proposition 13 (1978) limits the property tax rate to one percent of the property’s assessed value plus the rate necessary to fund local voter-approved debt. It also limits increases on assessed values to two percent per year on properties with no change of ownership or no new construction.
If you’ve experienced property loss due to fire, flood, earthquake or other disaster, you may be eligible for disaster relief. The tax code defines a disaster as:
- Any misfortune or calamity that was not the fault of the property owner or the party responsible for the taxes eligible for property tax relief under Section 170 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code under certain requirements.
SCC DTAC app provides convenient, secure access to property tax information and payments
Business and personal property taxpayers in Santa Clara County now have access to SCC DTAC, a new mobile app launched by the County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collections to provide more than 500,000 property owners with convenient access to pay their secured property tax payments. Learn more about SCC DTAC, Property Tax Payment App.
Payments made to the Department of Tax and Collections are processed within 3-5 days of receipt.
The Department of Tax and Collections does not report payment history to any taxing authority. Please contact the IRS or your tax preparer for questions you may have regarding your Income Tax returns.
Note: The postmark date is used to determine the timeliness of the payment based on the tax installment delinquency date.
What does the Lien Date mean on my bill?
There is a lien for taxes on each property as of January 1st. This is a statutory lien, not a recorded lien. Per California Revenue & Taxation Code 2192: Lien Date "Except as otherwise specifically provided, all tax liens attach annually as of 12:01 a.m. on the first day of January proceeding the fiscal year for which the taxes are levied".
Why is my Secured property tax payment being sent to the City of Industry?
The department uses a processing service located in the City of Industry to process Secured bills, which includes Secured Annual and Secured Escape Bills. For your convenience, please use the courtesy return envelope included with your bill.
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