LA County Treasurer and Tax Collector Keith Knox is reminding property owners that the second installment of the 2021-22 Annual Secured Property Taxes becomes delinquent if not received by 5p.m. Pacific Time or United States Postal Service (USPS) postmarked on or before April 11.
This is one day later than the traditional delinquency date of April 10, as this date falls on a Sunday in 2022.
“To avoid late penalties, property owners should not wait until the last day to make payment; please pay early” Knox said.
“Property owners may find it difficult to reach us on the telephone,” Knox continued. “They may obtain answers to the great majority of their questions, including how to request a copy of a property tax bill, obtain the amount due on any property, or find the tax payment history for the past three fiscal tax years on the Los Angeles County Property Tax Portal at propertytax.lacounty.gov.”
Property owners may also call the toll-free Property Tax Information Line at (888) 807-2111, where automated information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, he said.
When it comes to payment options, Knox said it is recommended that property owners “pay the total amount due.” But the Treasurer’s office will accept partial payments, which can reduce the amount of penalties imposed.
Payments can be made online, electronic check, credit or debit card by telephone, by mail or in person, Knox said. If payment is by mail, it is should be made using the envelope enclosed in your Annual Secured Property Tax Bill and include the second installment payment stub from the tax bill.
Do not attach staples, clips, tape, or correspondence. Mailed property tax payments must be sent to the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector, Post Office Box 54018, Los Angeles, CA 90054-0018.
Do not mail your payments to any other address.
“Property tax payments must be received or USPS postmarked by the delinquency date to avoid penalties,” Knox said. “If we receive your payment after the delinquency date, with no postmark, the payment is late and we will impose penalties, in accordance with State law.
“We caution taxpayers who send their payments by mail that the USPS only postmarks certain mail depending on the type of postage used and may not postmark mail on the same day taxpayers deposit envelopes.”
For more information on how to avoid penalties, visit the website at ttc.lacounty.gov/avoid-penalties-by-understanding-postmarks.