California Property Taxes 101

Property taxes in California are calculated by multiplying the county property tax rate by the property’s tax assessed value. Property tax assessments in the Golden State are largely dictated by a few constitutional amendments that limit increases in assessed values in favor benefiting long time property owners.

Annual property valuation notices in California are typically sent out by July 1st but always before August 1st of each year. After a change in ownership (such as purchase of a new home) or new construction (such as adding a bedroom) property owners typically receive an additional supplemental assessment.

The due date for paying the first installment of secured taxes on real property is December 10. If you believe your property is inaccurately assessed and your taxes are too high as a result, you can appeal the assessment with your local county.

Property Taxes in the Golden State

Property Legislation in California

How Property is Appraised in California

How to Save Money on Property Taxes in California

How to Appeal Property Taxes in California

California's County Assessor Information

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