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Department of Tax and Collections - Property Taxes

Property Tax Calendar

All Taxes

  • January 1
    Lien Date—the day your property’s value is assessed.

Secured Taxes

  • October
    Tax bills are mailed
  • November 1
    First Installment is due
  • December 10
    Last day to pay First Installment without penalties
  • February 1
    Second Installment is due
  • April 10
    Last day to pay Second Installment without penalties
  • June 30
    Last day to pay current year's taxes without additional penalties

Unsecured Taxes

  • July
    Tax bills are mailed and due upon receipt
  • August 31
    Last day to pay taxes without penalties


  • 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.

Look Out for Deceptive Mailer​

photo of deceptive mailer with false text, Notice of Warrent and State of California Tax Lien Action, and Do No Disregard: Propety Seizure is Imminent, and signed by Richard Herts, Office Lien Filings, neither Herst nor his made-up office are associated with Santa Clara County

The County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collections is warning homeowners of a recent deceptive mailer from a private company designed to look like an official government document. (See an example of such a letter to the left.)

The solicitation comes from a misleadingly named entity, “County of Santa Clara Office of Levys and Liens,” and offers to provide legal services related to home foreclosures. The mailer falsely claims that an identified homeowner has a lien balance that is owed to the State of California, and that the homeowner is about to face a foreclosure action. Please ignore this letter. It is a scam. The County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collections and the County of Santa Clara Assessor’s Office, as well as the State of California, do not send this type of notification to homeowners.

If homeowners have questions about the status of their property taxes, they are encouraged to contact the Department of Tax and Collections by phone at (408) 808-7900, or by email at Homeowners may also contact the County of Santa Clara Assessor’s Office for questions related to their property assessment by phone at (408) 299-5500, or by email at

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.

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.

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.

Learn about ways to pay your property taxes.

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