If you do not pay the first installment of your annual tax bill on time, then that installment becomes delinquent, and a 10% delinquent penalty is added.
If you do not pay the second installment on time, it becomes delinquent and a 10% penalty on the unpaid taxes is added as well as a $20 administrative charge.
Likewise, if you fail to pay any supplemental tax bill by the applicable delinquency date, the same penalties and charges accrue as for annual taxes.
Tax Defaulted Property
If there are any unpaid taxes as of 5:00 pm on June 30, then the property becomes tax defaulted.
Once the property has become tax defaulted, a redemption fee of $15 is added and additional penalties begin to accrue at an annual rate of 18%.
Power of Sale
Your taxes can remain unpaid for a maximum of five years following their tax default, at which time your property becomes subject to the power of sale. This means that your property will be sold at a public auction or acquired by a public agency if you do not pay the taxes before the date on which the property is offered for sale or acquisition.
The amount needed to redeem tax-defaulted property in full is the sum of the following:
The total amount of all unpaid delinquent tax years
A 10% penalty on every unpaid installment
A $20 administrative charge for each delinquent year
Monthly penalties of 1.5% accrued
A redemption fee of $15
To obtain an estimate of the amount required to redeem your property, you should contact the tax collector office by calling 925-957-5280. When making your request, you will need to provide the parcel number, which you can find on a previous tax bill, or the address of the property. Also, be sure to specify the date on which you wish to redeem so that the penalty can be calculated properly.
One year's delinquent taxes may not be redeemed separately from other years' delinquent taxes. When the redemption amount is calculated, the total taxes owed for all delinquent years are combined.