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San Diego County Tax Collector Office accepting tax penalty cancellation requests

Property taxes unpaid after Dec. 10 incurred a 10% penalty.
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FILE - This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form. It’s the time of year to start thinking about taxes - what's ahead and what can be done now to manage. But the upcoming tax filing season is going to be trickier for many Americans due to rampant unemployment, working from home and general upheaval due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Monday his office is accepting penalty cancellation requests for homeowners and small business owners who were impacted by COVID-19 and missed the Dec. 10 property tax deadline.

Property taxes unpaid after Dec. 10 incurred a 10% penalty. To qualify for penalty cancellation, the property must either be residential and occupied by the homeowner or owned and operated by a taxpayer that qualifies as a small business.

"COVID-19 has affected many in San Diego -- especially our small businesses, so we want to do what we can to help those who did not have the funds to pay their taxes on time," McAllister said. "We want to be as lenient as we can and show compassion for those who need it."

To complete a penalty cancellation request, a taxpayer must:


-- complete the request form, print it and sign it;

-- include copies of printed evidence proving how the taxpayer was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and unable to pay the property taxes by the delinquent date;

-- include a check for the base amount of the property taxes owed. The TTC does not accept request forms when there is no payment attached; and

-- mail the request form, documentation, and check to SDTTC -- ATTN: COVID-19 REVIEW, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, San Diego California, 92101. Alternatively, drop off a request in the dropboxes found outside our branch office locations.

Requests, along with the payment, must be submitted no later than May 6, 2021. All penalty cancellation requests will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

Since April, the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office has received 4,690 COVID-19 penalty cancellation requests and has approved 58% of them, according to McAllister. Most denials are due to missing printed evidence or a missing payment.

"Property taxes are essential to the county, cities, and school districts," McAllister said. "They fund many vital services, including COVID- 19 response and the salaries of first responders."

More information can be found here.