SENIOR CITIZEN ASSISTANCE
PROPERTY TAX ASSISTANCE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND BLIND/DISABLED PERSONS:
The Senior Citizens Property Tax Assistance Law provides direct cash reimbursement by the state for part of the property taxes on the homes of qualified persons with total household incomes of $37,119 or less who are either: (1) 62 or older; (2) blind; or (3) disabled.
The filing period for claims for assistance runs from approximately July 1 through October 15. A claim form must be filed each year in order for the cash reimbursement to be received. Filing for property tax assistance will not reduce the amount of property taxes owed to the County Tax Collector nor will it result in a lien being placed on the property.
Forms and Information: Claim forms or information regarding the Property Tax Assistance Program may be obtained by telephoning the Franchise Tax Board toll free at 1-800-852-5711.
PROPERTY TAX POSTPONEMENT FOR SENIOR CITIZENS:
On February 20, 2009, the Governor signed Chapter 4, Statutes of 2009, which immediately suspends the Senior Citizens’ Property Tax Deferral Program. This legislation prohibits the filing of claims for property tax postponement and prohibits the State Controller from accepting claims filed after February 20, 2009. As a result of the program suspension, the State Controller will no longer accept claims for property tax postponement pending modification or repeal of this new law. However, the State Controller’s Office will continue processing claims postmarked prior to February 20, 2009.