Only One Day Left to Pay Santa Clara County Property Taxes due 5:00 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2012
By Michelle Carr-Crowe, Silicon Valley guide and Cupertino real estate agent selling homes in San Jose Saratoga Lynbrook High
There’s only one day left to pay Santa Clara County Property Taxes on time and avoid expensive penalties.Property taxes are due in to the Tax Collector’s Office at 70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, 6th Floor, in downtown San Jose, Calif. by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
A 10 percent penalty and $20.00 cost is automatically imposed for failing to pay taxes by the 5:00 pm deadline, April 10, 2012. (The actual due date was Feb. 1; April 10 is the final deadline for paying property taxes on time).
View and Pay property taxes online by credit card or eCheck here.The Tax Collector’s Office provides a web site, where Credit Card and e-check payments can be made. Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover Card are all accepted. However, additional credit card processing fees will be charged in addition to your payment.
The Tax Collector legally cannot accept partial payments; either pay in full on time or accept to being late with the automatic penalties.
For convenience, here is information from the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office Frequently Asked Questions section regarding payment options for secured property taxes.
- Property Tax Payments can be made without the property tax bill.Simply look up the tax bill by clicking here, and write the eight-digit Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) on the check. The Assessor’s office will create a payment stub for processing after receiving the payment.
- Impounds: If money is collected through the lender to pay property taxes through an impound account, the tax bill received may not reflect this information. Please contact the lender directly to confirm the property taxes will be paid from the impound account.
- United States Post Officesthat have extended hours of operation can be seen here.
Mail or bring the property tax payment by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2012 to:
Tax Collector’s Office
70 West Hedding Street
East Wing, 6th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 808-7900
Online payments onlycan be made at payments.scctax.orgprior to midnight Pacific Standard Time on April 10, 2012.
Property Tax Assistance for Senior Citizens or Blind or Disabled Persons
The Gonsalves-Deukmejian-Petris Senior Citizens Property Tax Assistance Law provides direct cash assistance based on part of the property taxes paid on the homes of qualified individuals with total household incomes of $40,811.00 or less who are either: 62 or older, blind, or disabled; and a U.S. citizen or eligible alien. For claim forms and information regarding the Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program, contact the Franchise Tax Board at (800) 868-4171, or visit their website at http://www.ftb.ca.gov/index.
Property Tax Postponement for Senior Citizens or Blind or Disabled Persons
Those who are blind, disabled or 62 years of age or older, with an annual income of $24,000 or less, have the option of having the State pay all or part of the property taxes on a home or mobile home. However, this is a deferred payment resulting in a lien on the property that becomes due upon sale, change of residence, or death. Information and claim forms can be obtained by calling the State Controller’s Office at 1-800-952-5661, or by visiting their website at http://www.sco.ca.gov.
Paying property taxes on time is expensive enough: avoid extra penalties and fees. Make sure the property tax payment is in by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.