Sacramento County will mail more than 457,000 secured property tax bills that are payable beginning November 1, 2017, and are mailed only once a year. However, property owners may pay their bills in two installment payments:
• The first installment payment must be received or postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 11, 2017.
• The second installment payment must be received or postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2018.
• Both installments may be paid when the first installment is due. A reminder notice will not be mailed for the second installment.
Taxpayers may sign up for online e-mail notifications for annual secured property tax bills and reminders before delinquent dates. Choose “e-Subscribe for property tax payment notifications” link to receive these notifications.
Due to an improving real estate market, many parcels in Sacramento County will have an increase in their 2017-2018 assessed value.
• Some parcels that were previously in Prop 8 Decline-In-Market-Value status will have increases that exceed 2 percent, but are still below their factored (inflation adjusted) Prop 13 level.
• Others will have their Prop 13 values restored.
• Fewer than 50,000 Sacramento County parcels are still under Prop 8 assessment.
The Assessor’s Office annually appraises parcels until their market value equals, or exceeds, the factored Prop 13 value. Property tax law requires that parcels be assessed at their factored Prop 13 value, or their fair market value (as of the January 1, 2017 property tax lien date), whichever is less.
A rising real estate market can cause higher than expected increases in a parcel’s annual tax bill if that parcel was in Prop 8 status last year. However, the assessed value of any parcel cannot increase beyond that parcel’s factored Prop 13 level. The 2 percent inflation cap applies only to Prop 13 assessments. It does not apply to Prop 8 assessments, which by law must track the property’s market value until it reaches the Prop 13 factored value.
Find assessed value at assessor.saccounty.net, under “Assessed Value Lookup,” that includes this year’s value and the factored Prop 13 value for comparison. If a taxpayer has evidence that their assessed value as of January 1, 2017, is less than that shown on this year’s (2017-2018) tax bill, they should:
• Visit the Assessor’s Website.
• Call the Assessor’s Office, 916-875-0700,
• Or, go to the Assessor’s Office at 3701 Power Inn Road, Suite 3000.
Taxpayers may obtain current year tax bill information, direct levy information and delinquent prior year tax information and amounts due at eproptax.saccounty.net and search by APN or address, or use the smartphone QR Code on your tax bill payment stub to connect to our website.
Taxpayers may make payments online via credit card, debit card or electronic check; mail in their payments with a copy of the tax bill installment payment stubs to P.O. Box 508, Sacramento, CA 95812-0508; or pay by credit card, debit card or electronic check over the telephone at 1-844-430-2823.
Sacramento County also has a 24-hour/7-day-a-week Automated Property Tax Information Line that provides information tax subjects and access to detailed billing and payment information. Tax specialists are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 916-874-6622.
Make payments in person at the Sacramento County Tax Collector’s Office at 700 H Street, Room 1710, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. In-person payments can be paid via cash, check, credit card, debit card or money order. Debit and credit cards cannot be accepted to start redemption payment plans. When paying by check, the County is authorized to use information from the check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from the account or to process the payment as a check transaction. Mail your payment early enough to ensure a timely postmark and avoid penalties.
If you own property and do not receive a tax bill by November 15, 2017, obtain tax bill information and payment stubs (coupons) at the Tax Collector’s website, or call the Tax Collector’s Office, 916-874-6622.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the property owner of the liability to pay taxes in a timely manner or give the Tax Collector reason to cancel penalties imposed for late payment.
Even if your tax bill is being paid by a lending institution (mortgage company), state law requires that a copy of the tax bill be sent to the property owner; all property owners should receive either the original tax bill or an “Owner’s Information Copy.” It is the responsibility of the property owner to keep their mailing address current with the Assessor’s Office. To update your mailing address, please contact the Assessor’s Office in writing at 3701 Power Inn Rd., Suite 3000, Sacramento, CA 95826-4329 or via email at Assessor@saccounty.net. Please make sure you include a parcel number and phone number with all correspondence.