Property Tax Disaster Relief

My property and/or home were damaged and the Governor declared a disaster in Orange County. Do I still pay my next property tax installment?
If your property has been substantially damaged or destroyed in a Governor-proclaimed disaster and you have filed an application for reassessment claim of property damaged by calamity with the County Assessor to reduce your property valuation, you can postpone the next installment of property taxes that occurs immediately after the disaster. If you file this application for reassessment with the County Assessor before December 11, 2017, that payment will be postponed without penalty or interest until the county assessor has reassessed the property, and you receive a corrected property tax bill. You then will have 30 days to pay the revised property tax amount.

To qualify for deferral, for property receiving a homeowners' exemption, "substantial disaster damage" means damage amounting to at least 10 percent of its fair market value or $10,000, whichever is less. For all other property, the damage must be at least 20 percent of value. However, property tax deferral is not available where property taxes are paid through impound accounts.
How does the disaster relief affect my property tax bill?
The current property taxes will be reduced for that portion of the property damaged or destroyed. This reduction will be from the date of the damage, and will remain in effect until the property is rebuilt or repaired once you file the application for reassessment with the county assessor.

If you have further questions on the postponement of property taxes, please contact the Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector at ttcinfo@ttc.ocgov.com or 714-834-3411.

For other FAQs on Disaster Relief, please click here for information
I applied for Property Tax Postponement (PTP) for my 2017-18 property taxes but my home was damaged or destroyed by fire. Can I still qualify?

Possibly. If your home was damaged or destroyed by fire, you may still qualify for postponement of your 2017-18 property taxes if you meet the eligibility requirements.

If you need more time to obtain additional documents our office may require, the State Controller’s Office will work with you to accommodate the time you need to gather the necessary information.

If you are approved for PTP, the State Controller’s Office will work with your County Tax Collector to determine the property taxes owed based on a reassessment of the damaged property and when the property taxes are due.

The State Controller has information on how you can apply for property tax relief as a result of the damages you suffered. Please visit their website for more information.

I want to apply for PTP for my 2017-18 property taxes but my home was damaged or destroyed by fire, can I have an extension to apply?

The PTP application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2018.

Please contact the State Controller's office at (800) 952-5661 or postponement@sco.ca.gov at your earliest convenience to discuss your situation.

I have an existing PTP account, but my home has been damaged or destroyed by fire, what happens to my PTP account?

Nothing. Your PTP account and the damage to your property does not trigger collection under the PTP program. Interest will continue to accrue at the beginning of each month until the account is paid in full.

If your contact information has changed, please contact our office at (800) 952-5661 or postponement@sco.ca.gov.

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