What if I cannot find what I am looking for on the County website?
There are many Departments and Agencies represented on the County website and they cover a wide range of services. If you do not find what you are looking for, it is recommended that you contact the department that you think is the best fit and begin there. If your inquiry is construction related, you might begin with the Building Department, or maybe Planning. Your specific question will determine which department would be best suited to provide the best information. If you contact a department that is not the correct department, they should be able to assist you with identifying the next best contact.
Who is responsible for paying the property taxes on property I/we just purchased?
As the current owner of the property, you are responsible for any taxes which were not paid at the close of escrow. Even though taxes may be prorated between the buyer and the seller in escrow, the actual taxes may not have been paid to the Tax Collector at that time. It is the responsibility of the property owner to make certain property taxes are paid in a timely manner. Please contact the Amador County Tax Collector's Office at (209)223-6364 to determine your current tax liability, if any.
What if I pay my property taxes through my lender?
It is still the property owner's responsibility to make certain that all taxes are paid in a timely manner. The Tax Collector's Office is not responsible for payment or non-payment by your lender. Problems with your impound account are between you and your lender and must be resolved by you.
What if I do not receive my annual property tax bill?
Annual tax bills are mailed once a year by November 1. Since the bill contains payment stubs for both installments, this is the only tax bill regularly mailed by the Tax Collector’s Office. If you do not receive the annual tax bill you should either:
contact the Tax Collector’s Office and request a copy of the tax bill; or,
The failure of a taxpayer to receive a property tax bill does not prevent the imposition of penalties and costs on late payments.
Who determines the amount of my property taxes?
The County Assessor first determines the value of your property. The County Auditor then applies the general tax rate of 1% and adds any special assessment or bond amounts to the tax roll. These computed amounts become the total property taxes. The County Assessor can be contacted at (209)223-6351; the County Auditor at (209)223-6361.
The Tax Collector does not determine the amount of your property taxes.
Why are delinquencies highest among new property owners?
1) Lack of knowledge of property tax delinquency dates. 2) Misunderstanding as to who is to pay the taxes-the property owner or his/her lender. 3) Not reading or understanding the title reports or escrow papers as they pertain to taxes which have not been paid at close of escrow. 4) Not inquiring about taxes until a tax bill is received. Please read your title and escrow papers carefully to determine which taxes were paid in escrow and which remain unpaid. Please contact the Tax Collector's Office with any questions.
Who provides the address shown on the property tax bill?
The address is placed on the tax bill according to your instructions. You provide the address when you record your deed and fill out a Preliminary Change of Ownership form, or when you request the County Assessor to change your mailing address.
How do I change the address where my tax bill is mailed?
You must advise the Assessor's Office, in writing, of your new mailing address. Mail notices of address change to the Assessor's Office at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642-2132. Do not use the address of your lender or accountant. It is very important to notify the Assessor's Office any time you change your mailing address.
How do I apply for a Homeowner's Exemption?
Simply contact the Assessor's Office for assistance at (209)223-6351.
Is the annual property tax bill the only tax bill I will receive?
No. There are annual secured tax bills and supplemental tax bills. Article XIIIA of the California Constitution requires reappraisal of property whenever a change in ownership occurs or there is new construction on the property. A supplemental tax bill represents the additional taxes due resulting from the reappraisal required by Law. A supplemental tax bill is in addition to the annual property tax bill.
How does a supplemental tax bill affect me?
If you purchase new property, or complete new construction on property, the Assessor will reappraise the property and send you a Notice of Supplemental Assessment. The supplemental tax bill, or a refund, will follow. Please remember, a supplemental tax bill is an additional tax due; it is in addition to your annual tax bill.
When are supplemental tax bills due?
The total amount shown as due is payable upon the mailing of the supplemental tax bill. The delinquent dates are shown on the tax bill.
Are supplemental tax bills sent to my lender for payment?
No. Supplemental tax bills are not sent to your lender. These tax bills are in addition to your annual property tax bill and are mailed directly to you. It is your responsibility to contact your lender to decide who will pay the supplemental tax bill.
Why am I getting two supplemental tax bills?
If the change of ownership occurs, or the new construction is completed, between January 1 and June 30, there will be two supplemental tax bills. One bill is for the fiscal year in which the change occurred, and the other is for the following fiscal year. Address questions to the Assessor's Office at (209)223-6351.
What are the penalties if I don't pay my property taxes on time?
Delinquent 1st and 2nd installments are subject to a 10% penalty. Delinquent second installments are also subject to a $20 cost charge. Taxes which remain unpaid at the end of the fiscal year (June 30) are also subject to a 1-1/2% per month penalty and a $15 redemption fee.
When are my property taxes due, and when do they become delinquent?
DELINQUENCY DATES 1st Installment December 10 2nd Installment April 10 Property taxes are due in two installments. The first installment is due November 1, and is delinquent at 5 p.m. on December 10, after which a 10% penalty accrues. The second installment is due on February 1, and is delinquent at 5 p.m. on April 10, after which a 10% penalty and $20.00 cost accrue.