Los Angeles County property owners have access to a critical resource that you and your family can utilize, which allows you to apply for a property tax postponement, to provide some relief from rising costs and financial troubles as a result of the pandemic.
The property tax postponement program has allowed this resource for qualifying property owners – seniors or those who are blind / have disabilities and make $49,017 or less per year.
With the rising cost of living in the Golden State and the lasting impacts of the pandemic, everyone knows someone who is struggling to make ends meet. The challenge can be greatest for retirees on a fixed income and people with a disability that prevents them from working. California offers property tax deferment for some of these vulnerable homeowners.
State Controller Betty T. Yee administers the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program to allow homeowners who are seniors – or who are blind or have a disability – to defer payment of residential property taxes. Applicants must meet income, equity, and other requirements. These deferred taxes accrue simple interest at a rate of 5 percent a year and become due if the homeowner moves or sells the property, transfers title, refinances, dies, obtains a reverse mortgage, or defaults on a senior lien. A lien will be placed on the property. For manufactured homes, a security agreement will be filed with the Department of Housing and Community Development. A lien or security agreement remains in effect until the account is paid in full.
PTP participants must reapply each year to demonstrate they continue to meet eligibility requirements. The application filing period for the 2022-23 tax year runs October 1, 2022, through February 10, 2023. Funds are limited, and applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year alone, California homeowners were able to postpone approximately $4.5 million in tax payments with the assistance of the state’s PTP program.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the office of CA State controller, Betty Yee at (916) 445-2636, or to my office as a resource as well.