Today, December 10th is the last day to pay your property taxes in California. Many people wait until the December 10th deadline to pay their property taxes though they are due November 10th, becasue there’s no penalty until after the December deadline.


The fiscal year for California property taxes runs from July 1st through June 30th of each year, which is why your property taxes cover those specific dates. There are two payment vouchers, one for the first installment and another for installment numbers two. Installment number one is collected in arrears in November as it covers the time period from July 1st through the end of the year. This payment is due November 10th and delinquent December 10th of each year.

The second installment is due on February 10th but the tax collector gives you and additional 30 days to make this payment as it is not delinquent until April 10th.

For those trying to get all the airline miles possible, there’s an easy on-line payment option but be aware that a 2.5% surcharge will be applied for this convenience.

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