Any misfortune or calamity that was not the fault of the property owner or the party responsible for the taxes is eligible for property tax relief under Section 170 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code under certain requirements.
Typical misfortunes or calamities which may qualify for reduced assessment include fire, flood or earthquake damage. Damage to personal property, such as household furnishings, or to growing crops is not eligible since it is not assessed for property tax purposes. Other personal property such as boats and airplanes that are assessed do qualify.
Property Tax Relief for Military Personnel
Military personnel on active duty are eligible to defer the payment of their taxes under the provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and the California Military and Veteran’s Code. Instead of the penalties, costs and fees imposed under California law, the unpaid taxes are subject only to interest at the rate of six percent (6%) per annum. Please contact the Property Tax Information Unit at (408) 808-7900 to obtain an application form to be completed by the military servicemember, his/her adult dependent (including spouse), or any other individual authorized by the servicemember to act on his/her behalf.
Check out the Tax Savings tab on the Office of the Assessor’s website for additional information that property owners may apply for. Visit the Assessor’s Office at https://www.sccassessor.org/index.php