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Property taxes still due to county by April 10 -- unless state changes deadline

Levy: 'Unfortunately, this is not under my, or the county’s authority'

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The deadline to submit property tax payments without penalty remains April 10, a seemingly reluctant Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector Henry C. Levy said in an advisory on Friday that reminded residents only the state can legally change the due date.

While federal and state officials have moved the income tax submission deadline from April 15 to July 15, the California Legislature has not moved to adjust the due date for the second installment of 2019-20 state property tax payments amid the novel coronavirus crisis.

"We have received many requests to delay the payment deadline. Unfortunately, this is not under my, or the county’s authority and can only be changed by the State Legislature. The deadline for the second installment remains as April 10," Levy said on Friday afternoon.

So, Levy said, he and his staff remain ready to collect and process still-pending payments in the coming weeks -- although those payments will have to be made remotely because his department's offices in Oakland and Hayward are closed to the public due to state and county shelter-in-place orders.

"Our office understands the great difficulty with payments at this time due to layoffs and business closures," he said. "We will review all requests for removal of penalties beginning on April 13th. Please remember that property taxes are a vital source of income for cities, counties and schools, which must continue to be funded."

A professional association representing Levy and others in his position statewide recently issued a statement with similar sentiments.

"We understand and share the public’s anxiety and concern about the impacts of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic," said officials with the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors.

"While we cannot change the April 10 deadline for the second installment of property taxes because critical county services, school and local financial obligations are dependent on those scheduled revenues, we can waive penalties, costs or other charges resulting from tax delinquency due to reasonable cause and circumstances related to this crisis," they added.

The Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office closure began on Friday (March 20) and will run until at least April 7.

That status means all normal services are available, except in-person payments. "We will continue to accept online, phone and mail-in payments. Our paramount concern is to protect the health of the public and our employees," Levy said.

Options to submit payments include mailing in a check (postmarked by April 10), paying online either by e-check (no fee) or by credit card (2.5% fee) through the county website or paying by the phone system at 510-272-6800.

For questions, Levy urges residents to call 510-272-6800 or email ttaxpublicmail@acgov.org. The Treasurer-Tax Collector Office website is https://treasurer.acgov.org/index.page. To keep up-to-date on other county services, visit https://www.acgov.org/, where there are online services available 24/7.

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21 people like this
Posted by Rich Serrano
a resident of Foothill Place
on Mar 24, 2020 at 9:27 am

God forbid this Governor and legislators provide real relief and postpone the deadline. Typical all talk and no action, other than having their greedy hands out to grab your money. Many people out of work, struggling to even provide the basics and the addition of this burden is unforgivable. They should be ashamed of themselves.

They have no problem creating this blanket shelter in place, where we can face a misdemeanor for daring to walk around, yet when it comes to something as equally important, because it involves money - all bets are off.


20 people like this
Posted by Naveed Khan
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Mar 24, 2020 at 11:10 am

Not only the state should extend the date for property taxes, I expect State to do its job to alleviate the current situation. Governor Newsom should consider;
1. Lowering State Tax on fuel/Gasoline
2. Reduce Property Tax
3. Alameda County should reduce Sales Tax Rate, which is the highest in the region.


5 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Cant suspend property tax that was already paid prior to December 31, 2019!


14 people like this
Posted by Rich Serrano
a resident of Foothill Place
on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Michael-
Very true, however on the other hand we weren’t in this situation prior to December 31, 2019 either.


8 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 24, 2020 at 1:18 pm

So, the payment was due February 1 and the delinquent date is April 10. Also, with people unable to go about their usual business and purchase much of anything, isn’t the state going to see a drop in sales tax revenue? And the state income tax payments are delayed.

So, just how is the state going to help anybody without the funds? I can see certain people having a time delay (those who are in very small businesses that can’t collect unemployment, for example), assuming they even own property.


14 people like this
Posted by tim
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 24, 2020 at 3:26 pm


Since the State, County and local governments have forced an upcoming economic crisis upon the citizens to help combat the Covid19 spread, when will we see corresponding sacrificial moves from the government? Such as: lowering or eliminating county property tax payments, lowering state income taxes/fees or lowering county/state/local sales taxes/fees. 


9 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 24, 2020 at 3:47 pm

Aren’t we heavily dependent upon gains from the stock market for our pensions?


10 people like this
Posted by Karl
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 24, 2020 at 3:57 pm

Pensions?

Who on private industry has a pension?

For government worker pensions, taxpayers pay for them whether the stock market goes up or down. We are on the hook regardless.


6 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 24, 2020 at 6:07 pm

@Karl,

You sure about that? I thought that the government needed an annual 7%-10% return in order to keep up with pension obligations? Maybe I’m wrong but I thought there was some exposure.


16 people like this
Posted by Karl
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm

Pete

My point is if they assume a certain return, say 7%, and don’t get that high a return, they still get their same pension. Taxpayers have to make up the difference. That’s been the issue with CA government pensions. They have assumed a higher return that they should have, so pensions are under funded. Sine pensions can’t be reduced, taxpayers end of paying more thru increased taxes or reduced government services

A little different than the situation people who rely on 401K plans. If we lose money, like the $300K I’ve lost the last two weeks, we either have to work longer to save more or retire with less money to live on.

I’m not complaining- it’s just the way it is.

I sometimes kick myself for not accepting s government job offer I got 35 years ago. I could be retired and not have to worry about how this virus is impacting me.

But I am glad I went into the private sector because it turned out to be s much more challenging and exciting work experience. I would have found government work tedious, stifling and mind numbing. nothing against government workers- government work isn’t for everyone .


14 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 24, 2020 at 9:39 pm

.....again, government has no problem shutting the economy down when taxpayers are going to foot the bill regardless .

Why don’t we tax all political campaign funds, pacs, and super pacs, politicians book deals, and speaking events to pay for this?


6 people like this
Posted by Jo
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 25, 2020 at 12:33 am

Real simple, don't pay it now!


11 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 25, 2020 at 8:25 am

I think this Flu is a fraud and we are being sold a bill of goods by the media.


11 people like this
Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 25, 2020 at 10:31 am

@Pete wrote "I think this Flu is a fraud and we are being sold a bill of goods by the media."

That reminds me: Has everyone seen the video clip of multiple Fox News anchors and personalities flip-flopping over the coronavirus health crisis? See multiple Fox News anchors and personalities making fools of themselves in "before" and "after" comparisons of themselves ranting about coronavirus:

"How Fox News has shifted its coronavirus rhetoric": Web Link
- - - -


14 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 25, 2020 at 10:38 am

Why would the state give any tax paying citizen a break? Gavin needs the money to pay for the illegals- end of story!


4 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 25, 2020 at 1:40 pm

@wombat,

Don’t put words in my mouth nor use me for one of your odd rants. I was only saying based upon my observations that at a death rate of 1.3% of cases TESTED that this might overblown and a fraud. I suspect but don’t know for sure that more people have than we know about because they have not been tested. Therefore the 1.3% would be even lower. Normal flu kills at a rate of 1.2% for reference.


9 people like this
Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 25, 2020 at 2:03 pm

Pete wrote " Normal flu kills at a rate of 1.2% for reference."

No, the overall mortality rate of the common flu is NOT 1.2%. It's nowhere near 1.2%. You're over a factor of 10 too high.


10 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 25, 2020 at 2:15 pm

From The Chronicle: 1:08 p.m. Gov. Newsom announces mortgage grace period. The governor tweeted Wednesday: “Families should not lose their homes because of COVID-19. Very pleased that Wells Fargo, Citi, JPMorgan, and US Bank have agreed to a 90 day grace period for mortgage payments for those impacted by #COVID19.A big sigh of relief for millions of CA families.”


8 people like this
Posted by tim
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 26, 2020 at 9:07 am

Great to see private industry stepping up to help people regarding potential financial problems (offset mortgage payments). Even the Feds extended this year's filing (taxes) deadline. When will state, county and local govts step up and help ease the suffering: lower sales taxes, lower income taxes, lower property taxes etc..? Even a ten percent across the board cut on all taxes/fees collected by these entities would help.


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Posted by Livermore rocks
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 1, 2020 at 12:17 pm

Look, these property taxes are among the highest in the country. Then you have a President that's hell bent on punishing CA and NY, by limiting the prop tax deductions. Now, we are all dealing with the impact of SARS-COV-2. I think the State needs to either reduce the property tax valuation, or not increase it this year! It's the least they can do to protect the home owners!!


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Posted by Prop 13 Rocks
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Apr 1, 2020 at 12:34 pm

Sure am glad I’m covered by Prop 13.

Too bad for the rest of you rich people.

Pay your taxes to support your progressive government and quit complaining.

This help the government is providing is for people in real need, not the crybaby rich people of Pleasanton and Livermore


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