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Treasurer-Tax Collector Accepts COVID-19-Specific Penalty Cancellation Requests

Treasurer-Tax Collector Accepts COVID-19-Specific Penalty Cancellation Requests

San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced his office is now accepting penalty cancellation requests for those who have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. McAllister issued the following statement regarding the COVID-19 crisis:

“I am sure there is no one among us who hasn’t been touched in some way, shape or form by the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to be sure that the tax-paying public who are affected by COVID-19 are aware that they may qualify to have their late payment penalties waived.

“This penalty forgiveness will pertain only to second installments in the 2019-2020 tax year, and it will not eliminate the need for taxpayers to pay their taxes. Rather it will help lift an added burden for the taxpayer at this time. Those who are not able to pay their installment because of COVID-19 will be able to submit a penalty cancellation request when they send in the taxes they owe between April 11 and June 30. We will examine each penalty cancellation request and the supporting documentation on a case-by-case basis.

“This is the right thing to do in these uncertain times for our taxpayers. We act as stewards of the public and are guided by the motto, ‘The noblest motive is the public good,’ which is at the heart of our collective county conscience. Indeed, we are bound together in a common purpose to do the right thing.  This is a time to be compassionate, sensitive and understanding.”

Taxpayers can find a special penalty cancellation request form on the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s (TTC) website, along with additional information.

Here is what a taxpayer must do to submit a penalty cancellation request:

  • Complete the request form, print it and sign it.

  • Include printed documentation showing why they were unable to pay their property taxes by April 10, the delinquent date.

  • Include a check for the second installment of property taxes they owe. The TTC does not accept request forms when there is no payment attached.

  • Mail the request form, documentation, and check to SDTTC – ATTN: COVID-19 REVIEW, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, San Diego California, 92101. Alternatively, drop off a request in the TTC’s drop boxes found outside all our branch office locations.

  • Requests must be submitted by June 30.

All penalty cancellation requests will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. If a taxpayer is unable to pay their second installment by June 30 and is seeking an extended period of time to pay, state law provides the option of a payment plan beginning on July 1. Once taxes are in default, however, all penalties and interest apply when going on to a payment plan.

Residents should stay up-to-date on ways to stay healthy, current closures and the County’s coronavirus response at coronavirus-sd.com.

Andie Jokerst

Communications Manager

San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office

1600 Pacific Highway Rm. 102  |  San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.557.4166  |  Cell: 619.458.2680  |  [www.sdtreastax.com]www.sdttc.com

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