Property Tax Alert, Great Information for your Home & Family !!!
Property owners who were unable to pay their property taxes on Friday, the April 10th deadline, for reasons related to the impact of COVID-19 can submit a request to the Treasurer Tax Collector (TTC) to cancel any penalties for late payments. TTC has provided Q&As that are listed below.
For more info, residents can call TTC at 213-974-2111 or visit ttc.lacounty.gov
1. What specific criteria or justification will be looking for when reviewing penalty cancellation requests?
Taxpayers will fill out our form online, which includes a text box where they will explain the circumstances that prevented them from paying their taxes timely. Documentation will not be required at the outset, but our staff could request additional information later depending on the circumstances the taxpayer presented. In terms of specifics, we are going to be considerate and thoughtful of all information submitted, but we expect the majority of requests will fall into the following buckets:
· Self-Illness or Self-Quarantine
· Caring for a person that is ill or has been quarantined
· County Building Closures
· Economic Impact of COVID-19 Emergency
2. How long will it take to process all of the requests?
Unknown at this time, as we do not know how many requests we will receive. We have encouraged taxpayers to wait until April 11th to start submitting them, but there is also no deadline or cutoff date to request a penalty cancellation. Another key factor is the impact of COVID-19 on our workplace. During the Woolsey Fire, we had a full complement of staffing and weren’t presented with the challenges of fewer employees in the workplace or on telework assignments. We are going to move staff from other areas to assist in processing these requests, but any COVID-19 related impact on our workforce or our building would impact our productivity.
3. How long will taxpayers have to pay?
This is highly dependent on the duration of the COVID-19 emergency and the individual circumstances presented by each taxpayer. TTC expects that many of the initial requests could be brought current by end of summer, but the Woolsey Fire occurred over a year and a half ago and we are still working with some of those property owners.
For more info, call the Treasurer Tax Collector (TTC)at 213-974-2111 or visit ttc.lacounty.gov