Alameda County taxpayers experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic can apply for property tax relief under the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector's (TTC) COVID-19 financial relief effort.
The TTC office announced "plans to work with taxpayers on an individual basis to address hardships caused by the coronavirus and the shelter-in-place order" this week. Although this year's property tax delinquent date, April 10, remains in effect, a penalty cancellation request form specifically related to COVID-19 will be made available.
Taxpayers will need to submit the appeal form and sign a statement under penalty of perjury that they were unable to pay on time due to the pandemic from “reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the taxpayer’s control” under current state law. According to TTC, valid reasons for seeking penalty cancellation "which may change if state law changes, may include illness, recent effects from under- or unemployment, and business losses (including loss of rental income)."
Homeowners, small businesses and small landlords are among the eligible taxpayers; documentation specific to COVID-19 will be required. TTC said, "A special team in the TTC office will be set up to process these requests, and we will attempt to respond to all requests within 60 days."
The TTC asks those not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to pay by April 10. The TTC office remains open and operating, including receiving mail and answering phone calls. In-person payments are not currently accepted but may be made via online at https://acgov.org/propertytax/online.htm and by phone, including credit cards: 510-272-6800.
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