Current Payment Information
Property Tax Deadline and Tax Collector’s Office Closure
To help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Tax Collector’s front counter will be closed until further notice. Please check back for updates.
To Avoid Transmission of the COVID-19 Please pay electronically, if possible
Credit card, debit card, or by electronic funds transfer (EFT): Visit: HERE or Call toll free: 1-866-4TAXPMT or 1-866-482-9768 fees apply. Online payments are accepted without penalty until 11:59 p.m. on April 10, 2020.
Mail Payments: 2976 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA 95603-2640. Mailed payments must be postmarked by the US Postal Service on or before April 10, 2020.
Drop Box: A drive-up drop-box in the front of the Tax Collector’s Office 2976 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA. Dropbox payments are collected daily at 5:00 p.m. and must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2020.
Should you need further assistance, please call 1-530-889-4120. Thank you for your patience as we work together to slow and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Additional information, including penalty waivers
We know and understand the impacts of the COVID-19 virus are locally affecting personal lives both physically and financially, and we share the concerns of our community. We have received questions about possible changes to the property tax deadline. The April 10th property tax deadline is established by state law, but for those directly impacted who are unable to pay timely there is a penalty waiver process available after the April 10th deadline. “We cannot change the April 10th deadline for the second installment of property taxes, however, as we always have, we can work with individual property owners to waive penalties due to legitimate and reasonable causes and circumstances, including those related to financial impacts resulting from COVID-19,” indicated Jenine Windeshausen Placer County Treasurer-Tax Collector. The penalty waiver process requires documentation about how you were impacted by the virus from reduced hours, layoffs, business closure, hospitalization or other circumstances that prevented timely payment.
Windeshausen also announced the Placer County Tax Collector’s Office is currently closed pursuant to the County Health Officer’s directive for over- the- counter payments due to measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. Property tax payments may be made by mail, internet or phone. The Tax Collector’s Office will continue to have staff available to answer calls and emails and to process payments. Updates on the Tax Collector’s Office closure can be found on the Tax Collector’s website at www.placer.ca.gov/tax.
California property owners have until Friday, April 10th to pay the second installment of their annual property taxes for the 2019-2020 tax year to avoid penalties. The second installment of property taxes are annually due on February 1st with a grace deadline of April 10th. This deadline should not be confused with the Federal and State income tax deadlines.
Critical local services such as emergency response, public health and safety, including police and fire services, as well as ongoing services for other social and criminal justice services provided by cities, counties and other local governments depend on the payment and receipt of property taxes. Additionally, schools, cities and other local government agencies rely on charges collected on the property tax bill to make payments on bond obligations for school facilities and public infrastructure.
“The Placer County Sheriff’s Office relies heavily on property tax revenues through the County General Fund to serve the people of Placer County by providing law enforcement and emergency services from Roseville to Lake Tahoe,” said Captain Jeff Swearingen, with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office also utilizes property tax revenues to provide jail services, coroner’s services, court security, and marshal duties to the entire county. For Fiscal Year 2019-20, approximately 60% of the Sheriff’s Office is funded by property tax payments.
“Maintaining local services throughout California is vital at this time. We are challenged with balancing the duties we have to keep essential services up and running and minimizing the impacts from COVID-19 on our communities. We already have a Wall Street crisis; we need to do everything we can to ensure we can minimize the potential for further negative health, safety, and financial impacts on individuals and businesses on Main Street,” stated Windeshausen.
Taxpayers with questions about their property tax bill may contact the Placer County Tax Collector’s Office by calling (530) 889-4120, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Windeshausen also noted that an automated phone system is available 24 hours a day to assist taxpayers by calling (530) 889-4120. A parcel number (found on your tax bill) is needed to obtain information through the automated phone system or online.