This public health emergency is exacting a heavy economic toll, and we must work together within the law to support one another and provide relief.
While the deadline for paying property taxes cannot be extended under state law, all Treasurer/Tax Collectors in California, including Contra Costa Treasurer-Tax Collector Russell Watts, will allow taxpayers who are financially impacted by COVID-19 to file late and have their late penalty fee cancelled.
Here are some key points:
Tax payment deadline is April 10, and checks mailed by that date are considered on time. For USPS that means the postmark date must be on or before April 10; for private carriers like FedEx - the stamped mailing date must be on or before April 10.
While the Treasurer's Office is closed (no drop-off box there), you can pay online, by mail or by telephone.
* No cost for e-check payments online or by phone
* For debit/credit card transactions there is a credit card processor fee (County receives no proceeds from this fee)
* Taxpayers cannot drop off or mail cash payment
Those unable to pay by April 10 due to financial hardship related to COVID-19 impacts have until June 30, 2020 to make their full payment and can apply for a late penalty cancellation at time of payment.
*Penalty cancellation form will be available online on April 11 and submitted at time of payment (on or before June 30, 2020)
*Submit documentation showing a circumstance occurred to you during
the Health Order beyond your control
Examples of documentation:
*Note from physician or medical staff
*Hospital release form indicating date of admission and release
*Employer notification letter of employment release due to COVID-19
*Employer notification letter of reduced hours or the shutting down of operations due to COVID-19
*Other documentation that substantially shows ability to pay was directly impacted by COVID-19
Treasurer's Office staff is available to answer questions April 6 to April 10 from 9 am to 4 pm at (925) 957-5280 or by email at email@example.com