Santa Barbara County residents who are late on the second installment of their property taxes because of the COVID-19 emergency can apply to the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office to have late payment penalties canceled, a county spokeswoman said.
Requests to have penalties canceled will be considered on a case-by-case basis, spokewoman Gina DePinto said.
The second installment of the 2019-20 secured taxes are due Feb. 1 and are delinquent if not paid on or before April 10, and property owners who can pay the taxes are encouraged to do so, she said.
The treasurer-tax collector doesn’t have the authority to extend the payment delinquency date, which is set by state law.
But after April 10, the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office will consider written requests for penalty cancellations, and a cancellation form will be available at www.countyofsb.org/ttcpapg/index.aspx.
To comply with social distancing directives, the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office is encouraging tax payments through remote methods.
However, from April 1 until further notice, the office’s public counter will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at at 511 E Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria.
Payments can be made using a credit card or electronic check at www.sbtaxes.org or by calling 805-724-3008 or, toll-free, 877-399-8089.
The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office does not charge a fee for using an electronic check; however, the credit card processer will charge a fee for credit card transactions, DePinto said.
Payments using a check, cashier’s check or money order can be mailed to the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office at P.O. Box 579, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-0579 but must be postmarked April 10 or before to avoid being delinquent.
For more information, visit www.sbtaxes.org or call the Santa Maria office at 805-346-8330.
This report was compiled by Mike Hodgson, associate editor for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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