Updated Program for Tax Penalty Waivers

Written by Estero Bay News

January 15, 2021

There is an updated property tax waiver program for San Luis Obispo County residents are delinquent in payment.
People can request a waiver from FY 2020-21 property tax late charges incurred due to COVID-19 hardships, said Tax Collector Jim Hamilton. This announcement follows information released in March announcing a waiver program for FY 2019-20 installments.

“Recognizing many taxpayers continue to face difficulties meeting property tax deadlines we have continued our commitment to provide relief where allowed under State Law,” said Hamilton. “Prior to the issuance of orders from the State we designed a local waiver program for last year’s installments. We are currently following State orders now in place. Taxpayers able to pay installments on time should do so, but this program allows more time for those who have been impacted by COVID-19.”

State Executive Order N-61-20 issued by the Governor allows property owners to request a penalty waiver on their primary residence and also allows for penalty waivers for small businesses experiencing COVID-19 related economic hardship to avoid late-payment penalties for real property taxes due after April 10, 2020, through May 6, 2021. Taxpayers requesting waiver must submit a Waiver Request Form at the time they make their tax payment. In accordance with order N-61-20 all requests for a waiver of penalties and interest must be received by the Tax Collector with payments on or before May 6, 2021. Payments received after May 6, 2021 are subject to late charges.

Properties eligible for a penalty waiver are the taxpayer’s primary residence or properties associated with a small business, including vacation rentals. More details and a Waiver Request Form are available online at www.slocountytax.org.
Taxpayers with questions about the waiver request process can contact the Tax Collector’s office at ttc@co.slo.ca.us or by phone at (805) 781-5831, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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