Assessment Appeals is an independent function, separate from the Assessor's Office, established to decide disputes between the Assessor's Office and property owners.
Effective 7/2/13 the processing fee for each assessment appeal application processing is $40.00. Payment may be submitted by check or money order or credit card – NO CASH. A separate application must be completed for each parcel.
Click the appropriate button below to complete your application online! The system will assist you in filling out your form accurately and completely. When complete, you must print and sign the application. A copy will not be saved online. Keep a copy of your application for your records and submit the original application, any supporting documents and your $40.00 processing fee to the Clerk's office.
Payment by Credit Card
A credit card payment for the $40.00 processing fee are only accepted in person. The following cards are accepted: MasterCard, Discover, American Express, debit card or ECheck. Visa credit cards are not accepted. However, Visa branded PIN/Pinless debit cards with the Star, NYCE or Pulse logo are accepted.
To use this service a convenience fee will be assessed by FIS PayDirect at the time of payment, and no part of this fee goes to the County. The convenience fee for a credit or debit card transaction is 2.25% of the total payment amount or a minimum of $3.95. The fee for an electronic funds transfer is $0.50. Multiple appeals may be paid under one transaction and may minimize your convenience fee. The amount of the convenience fee will be made known to you prior to your final authorization of the payment transaction, at which time you will have the option to continue or cancel the processing of your payment. Clerk of the Board’s office encourages you to save your receipt.
Any payment that is not honored by your bank for any reason (including incorrect bank account or transit number if paying by checking/savings account) will be subject to a nonsufficient funds fee.
Method of payment by mail remains the same. Only checks and money orders are accepted.
Value Hearing Officer Option
What is the difference between the Assessment Appeals Board and the Value Hearing Officer?
The Appeals Board is a three-member panel and the hearings have a more formal courtroom atmosphere, while a hearing with the Value Hearing Officer is less formal. The Value Hearing Officer is a real estate professional who hears residential valuation appeals. Having your appeal scheduled before a Value Hearing Officer is considered an expedient and convenient alternative to the more formal Board proceedings, and may provide a faster resolution to your appeal. To choose this option when completing your application, check the "Yes" box in item #9 on the application. For more information click on the Value Hearing Officer Proceedings Brochure below.
Important Dates and Deadlines for Property Owners
January 1 - The lien date for the assessment of property on the assessment roll is 12:01 AM, on January 1 of each year.
February 15 - Legal deadline to file timely exemption claims for homeowner, veteran, disabled veteran, cemetery, church, college, and welfare exemptions.
April 1 - Deadline to file Business Property Statements.
April 10 - Last day to pay second installment of secured property taxes without penalty.
July 1 - Assessment Roll delivered to the County Controller.
August 31 - Last day to pay unsecured taxes without penalty.
July 2 - September 15 - Timeframe for filing application for changed assessment with the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board. If the last day of the filing period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, an application that is delivered in person or mailed and postmarked on the next business day will be accepted. These dates are set by State law.
December 10 - Last day to pay first installment of secured property taxes without penalty, and deadline to file a late exemption for homeowners and veterans.
For More Information Please Contact:
County of Santa Clara Assessment Appeals Board
70 West Hedding Street
10th Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5088
Fax: (408) 298-8460