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Second Installment of the 2020-2021 Annual Secured Property Taxes Due by April 12, and Becomes Delinquent after 5 p.m.



SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.— The Department of Tax and Collections (DTAC) representatives remind property owners that the second installment of the 2020-2021 property taxes becomes delinquent if not paid by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021. A 10 percent penalty and a $20 cost will be added to unpaid balances. Property owners can take advantage of the Partial Payment Program and assistance available to individual taxpayers impacted by COVID-19 and SCU Fire.

Property owners may view and pay the tax bill online at Payments made by eCheck are free of convenience fees. Property taxes can also be paid using the SCC DTAC mobile app.

The collection of property taxes, especially during this pandemic, is critical for the ongoing support of various essential services, such as public health, fire protection, education, parks, and law enforcement.

Partial Payments
Property owners can make multiple partial payments on this installment. Penalties will only be applied to the unpaid portion after the payment deadline of April 12, 2021.

Taxpayers Affected by COVID-19
The Governor’s Executive Order issued on May 6, 2020, provides penalty cancellation relief to property owners and small businesses impacted by COVID-19, who may be unable to pay their property taxes by the due dates. Upon payment of their taxes, these taxpayers can request cancellation of penalties, costs and interest, under certain conditions. Information related to this Executive Order is available at the Request a Penalty Cancellation webpage.

Taxpayers Affected by SCU Fires
Property owners who have been impacted by the SCU Fires may apply for disaster relief through the Santa Clara County Assessor’s office.. With the tax bill, the County mailed a list of available special assessment tax exemptions for seniors and persons with disabilities. The list of cities, schools, and special districts providing these exemptions is available at

Limited In-person Services
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DTAC offers limited in-person services. Taxpayers unable to complete business online or by phone may schedule an appointment here

Property owners who require additional information about paying their taxes may visit or call (408) 808-7900.

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Closed on County Holidays.

Phone Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Mailed Payments

For convenience, please use the purple-colored courtesy return envelope and include the coupons(s).

Alternatively, payments may be mailed to:

Department of Tax and Collections
70 West Hedding St.
East Wing, 6th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110-1767

The United States Postal Service (USPS) postmark MUST be April 12, 2021, or earlier, to avoid penalties.



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 Posted: April 1, 2021

Media Contact: María Leticia Gómez/Laurel Anderson, Office of Communications and Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119,​


Last updated: 4/1/2021 10:10 AM