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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Do I have to pay my property taxes?

Yes, your property taxes must be paid. Filing an assessment appeals does not relieve the applicant from the obligation to pay the taxes on the subject property, on or before the applicable due date shown on the tax bill. If your property taxes are not paid by the due date, the Treasure Collector's Office will add late payment penalties/interest to the bill.

2. What is the difference between a secured property tax and unsecured property tax?

Secured Property Tax addresses real estate (for example, single-family residence, apartments, vacant land). Unsecured Property Tax addresses business and personal property (for example, business equipment and boats).

3. How can I get a copy of my current property tax bill?

SECURED Property Tax

For a substitute secured tax bill, call our 24-hour PROPTAX Information System at (213) 974-2111 or toll free at 1-888-807-2111. You must have your 10-digit Assessor’s Identification Number.

To get your 10-digit Assessor's Identification Number, log onto: http://maps.assessor.lacounty.gov

Email requests can be sent to the Treasurer-Tax Collector at ttcmail@ttc.lacounty.gov or visit any of the Assessor’s Office locations and provide your property address and Assessor’s Identification Number (AIN), if available.

UNSECURED Property Tax 

For a substitute secured tax bill, call the Unsecured Property Tax Section at (213) 893-7935 or email your request to the Treasurer-Tax Collector at ttcmail@ttc.lacounty.gov with the year and bill number or your name, type of bill received (for example: boat, business property), the property address and billing address.

When making payments, always write the year and bill number on your check. BE CAREFUL - BILL NUMBERS CHANGE EVERY YEAR..

4. How do I read my property tax bill? What are my payment options?

Call the Treasurer-Tax Collector at 1 (888) 807-2111 (toll free) or (213) 974-2111 or log onto:http://lacountypropertytax.com/portal/default.aspx  Email address: ttcmail@ttc.lacounty.gov

5. I have a problem with my property tax bill. Who do I call?

Call the Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office at (213) 974-2111 or log onto: http://ttc.lacounty.gov/

6. When are the property taxes due?

Annual property tax bills are mailed in early October of each year. The bill is payable in two installments.

The 1st installment is due on November 1 and is delinquent if the payment is not received in the office by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by December 10.

A 10% penalty is assessed for delinquent payments. The 2nd installment is due on February 1 and is delinquent if the payment is not received in the office by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by April 10. A 10% penalty and a $10.00 cost fee are assessed.

If December 10 or April 10 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the delinquency date is the next business day.

Both installments can be paid at the same time, no later than the November 1 first installment date. If you choose to pay both installments in one payment, please include the first and second installment stubs with your payment. 

UNSECURED PROPERTY TAX Unsecured tax bills are delinquent if the payment is not received by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by August 31 of the tax year. If August 31 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the deadline is the next business day.

7. I have questions regarding the assessment on my property. Who do I call?

Call the Assessor’s Office at (213) 974-3211 or you can log onto: http://assessor.lacounty.gov

8. Is the Assessment Appeals Board part of the Assessor’s Office?

No. The Assessment Appeals Board sits as Board of Equalization on behalf of the County Board of Supervisors to conduct impartial hearings on property assessment disputes between taxpayers and the County Assessor. Based on the evidence presented at the hearings, the Board determines the fair marked value on the disputed property. Generally, hearings before the Assessment Appeals Board are held in Room B-4, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

9. I disagree with my property tax assessment. What can I do?

You can file an appeal with the Assessment Appeals Board during the appropriate filing period. For information, call the Assessment Appeals Public Information Line at (213) 974-1471 or log onto: Assessment Appeals Page

10. I just purchased a piece of property. How long will it be before I receive a Supplemental Tax Bill?

The Assessor’s Office has up to four (4) years to record the Change of Ownership and place a value on your property. However, they usually send out the Supplemental Tax Bill within about a year. For more information, log onto http://assessor.lacounty.gov/

11. I just received a Supplemental Tax Bill (or Adjusted, Corrected or Escape tax bill) with which I disagree. Should I contact my local Assessor’s Office and try to work out a solution?

Contact your local Assessor’s Office regarding the bill, but file an appeal with the Assessment Appeals Board to protect your rights. For more information, call (213) 974-1471.

12. How do I get an Assessment Appeals application?

You can request an application 24 hours a day by calling our automated system at (213) 974-1471 or Toll Free within LA County at 1(888)807-2111, or log onto: http://bos.lacounty.gov/

13. I need assistance completing my Assessment Appeal Application. How can I get help?

Instructions are on the reverse side of the application. If additional help is required, you may call the Assessment Appeals Board at (213) 974-1471 and speak with an operator. For more information, log onto http://bos.lacounty.gov/

14. When is the assessment appeals filing period?

For Regular Assessment (Annual Tax Bills), July 2 – November 30 of each year. For Supplemental, Adjusted, Corrected or Escape bills, it is 60 days from the mailing date on the bill. For more information, call (213) 974-1471, or log onto: http://bos.lacounty.gov/

15. How long does it take an assessment appeals application to be resolved?

A hearing will be scheduled within the first year of filing. The Assessment Appeals Board has two (2) years from the date of filing to hear your case. For more information, call (213)974-1471.

16. How will I be informed of my Assessment Appeals Hearing?

When scheduled, you will be notified by mail of the time, date and place of hearing at least 45 days prior to the hearing date. For more information, call the Assessment Appeals Public Information Line at (213) 974-1471 or log onto: http://bos.lacounty.gov/

17. I just purchased a piece of property. Why is the assessed value more than what I paid for it?

The assessed value is based on what the Assessor’s Office believes the open market value is which is not always the same as the purchase price. For more information, log onto: http://lacountypropertytax.com/portal/list/faq.aspx?faqID=6

18. How can I get information about my property values?

Log onto the Los Angeles County Portal Website at: http://lacountypropertytax.com/portal/list/faq.aspx

19. I inherited property from my parents. Why was the property reassessed?

If you inherit property from your parents, you have to fill out a Proposition 58 (Transfer of Property between Parents/Children) form with the Assessor’s Office. Otherwise, the Assessor’s Office will reassess the property. For more information, log onto:http://assessor.lacounty.gov/

20. I owned property with my brother, who later changed it into my name alone. Is this a change of ownership?

Yes, but if you had a 50% interest in the property, it is considered to be only a 50% change in ownership. 50% will keep the old base year value, and only the new transferred 50% portion will be reassessed. For more information, log onto: http://assessor.lacounty.gov/

21. How do I find out why a lien was filed on my property?

Liens are created as a result of a lawsuit. Certified copies of judgments, which affect title to real property, may be recorded. The Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk serves notification by mail to debtors when an involuntary lien is recorded against them. If you have received a copy of a lien and have questions, you must contact the person or agency that filed the lien. For more information, log onto: http://rrcc.lacounty.gov/RECORDER/Document_Recording.cfm or call (562) 462-2125.

22. How do I find out the name of the owner of a particular property?

The Assessor’s Office keeps the property assessment roll, which lists the assesses (normally the property owner). The roll may be inspected by the public at the main office or regional offices. For a list of the offices, log onto:http://assessor.lacounty.gov/office-locations. You may also request this information by calling (213) 974-3211 or by e-mail at http://assessor.lacounty.gov

23. I am the victim of Real Estate Fraud. Who do I contact?

Contact the Real Estate Fraud Section of Consumer Affairs at (800) 973-3370. For more information log onto: http://dca.lacounty.gov

24. What is the Assessment Appeals Board?

Under authority of the California State constitution, the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles county created the Assessment Appeals Board to sit as the Board of Equalization for the County of Los Angeles.

25. If I filed an assessment appeal, do I still have to pay my property taxes?

Yes, you do. The Assessment Appeal Board does not have jurisdiction over collection of taxes. Filing an assessment appeal does not relieve the applicant from the obligation to pay the taxes on the subject property, on or before the applicable due date shown on the tax bill. If your property taxes are not paid by the due date, the Tax Collectors' Office will add the late payment penalties/interest to the tax bill.