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Department of Tax and Collections - Property Taxes


Property Tax Events Calendar

All Taxes:

  • January 1: Lien Date

Secured Taxes:

  • October: Secured Annual Tax Bills are mailed.

  • November 1: First Installment is due.

  • December 10: First Installment becomes delinquent after 5:00PM.

  • February 1: Second Installment is due.

  • April 10: Second Installment becomes delinquent after 5:00PM.

  • June 30: Any delinquent (unpaid) current annual secured property taxes as of 5:00PM will be enrolled on the Redemption Roll.

Unsecured Taxes:

  • July: Unsecured Annual Tax bills are mailed.

  • August 31: Unsecured taxes are due. If not paid by 5:00PM, they become delinquent.


  • If December 10, April 10, or August 31 fall on a weekend or County of Santa Clara holiday, then the Delinquent Date is extended to the next business day.

  • Please consult your tax bill for important notes regarding penalties, fees, and other ramifications of paying after the delinquent date.


Payment Information
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.

Pre-payment of 2018/2019 Property Taxes 
The Internal Revenue Service has published an advisory with examples clarifying what pre-payments can be claimed as deductions in 2017. Here is a link to the advisory.​
Secured Annual First Installment Payment Due December 11, 2017
County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collection representatives remind the public that the first installment of the 2017/2018 property taxes is due by 5:00 pm Monday, December 11, 2017. Unpaid Property taxes will become delinquent if not paid by this due date. At that time, a 10 percent penalty and a $20 cost will be added, according to the Department of Tax and Collections.

Partial Payments Now Accepted on Property Taxes
Starting in Fiscal Year 2017/2018, the County of Santa Clara, Board of Supervisors approved the Department of Tax and Collections to accept partial payments on property taxes. 
Click here for more information.
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 property tax payment being sent to the City of Industry?
Some of our payments are now being processed through a payment processing vendor. The payments that are sent to the City of Industry payment processing facility are: SECURED BILLS (These include Secured Annual and Secured Escape Bills) and SUPPLEMENTAL BILLS (These include regular Supplemental bills and Supplemental Recoup bills). For your convenience, please use the courtesy return envelope included with your bill. Click here for more information.

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