(a) Any owner of eligible property who files on or before the next property tax installment payment date, a claim for reassessment pursuant to Section 170, or whose property is otherwise reassessed pursuant to Section 170, may apply to the county assessor to defer payment of that installment of property taxes on the regular secured roll for the current fiscal year with respect to that property which are due no later than that date which immediately follows the disaster which resulted in substantial disaster damage. If a timely claim for deferral is filed, the payment shall be deferred without penalty or interest until the assessor has reassessed the property and a corrected bill prepared pursuant to Section 170 has been sent to the property owner. Taxes deferred pursuant to this section are due 30 days after receipt by the owner of the corrected tax bill and if unpaid thereafter are delinquent as provided in Section 2610.5 and shall be subject to the penalty provided by law.
(b) If, following reassessment pursuant to subdivision (a), the assessor determines that an owner who applied and was granted a deferral of property taxes did not file the claim in good faith, the owner shall be assessed a delinquency penalty for the nonpayment of the deferred taxes.
Terms Used In California Revenue and Taxation Code 194.1
- Eligible property: means real property and any manufactured home, including any new construction that was completed or any change in ownership that occurred prior to the date of the disaster that meets both of the following requirements:
California Water Code 8853
- Next property tax installment payment date: means December 10 or April 10, whichever date occurs first after the last date on which the eligible property was damaged. See California Water Code 8853
(c) This section does not apply to property taxes paid through impound accounts.
(Amended by Stats. 1992, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 15, Sec. 1. Effective June 30, 1992.)