Fresno County reminds all taxpayers that the second installment of the 2019-20 Fresno County Secured Property Tax Bill is due by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 10, 2020
“This is a difficult time in our County and around the world, and I certainly understand and share the public’s concerns about the impacts of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic,” says Fresno County Auditor Controller/Treasurer Tax Collector, Oscar J. Garcia, CPA. “While I cannot legally change the April 10 property tax deadline, I am taking precautions to ensure the public and staff are safe.”
Taxpayers are reminded that all County of Fresno property tax revenues stay in the County to fund vital services like public safety and health, make payments for school bonds approved by the voters, and to provide tax revenue to other local government entities within the County (All cities and Special Districts within the County of Fresno)
Adds Garcia, “In this critical time of a declared national and statewide emergency, the cash flow necessary to keep vital public safety services operating and meeting the needs of the public comes to a large extent from timely property tax payments.”
Taxpayers are reminded that any payment received in the office after 5:00 PM or postmarked by the United States Postal Service after April 10, 2020 will be assessed a ten-percent penalty.
EXTENDED HOURS: Beginning March 30 through April 10, 2020, our office will be open from 7:00 to 8:00 AM, Monday to Friday exclusively to accommodate those tax payers age 60 and older and those who have conditions that put them in a high-risk category for complications from COVID-19. On Saturday, April 4, 2020 our office will be open from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM for all tax payers. To help keep members of the public and staff safe during these difficult times, I encourage all tax payers of the County of Fresno to pay online or mail their payments in to this Office.
FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT RELIEVE THE TAXPAYER OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE TIMELY PAYMENTS.
Anyone who has recently acquired property must verify the taxes have been paid. Tax information and payments may be obtained by accessing the Fresno County website at www.fresnocountyca.gov or by calling our automated phone system at (559) 600-3482.
AVAILABLE PAYMENT OPTIONS:
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: Payments made by check and money order should include a tax bill stub and made payable to: Fresno County Tax Collector. Payments by mail should be sent to:
FRESNO COUNTY TAX-COLLECTOR
P.O. BOX 1192
FRESNO, CA 93715-1192
PAY BY PHONE or ONLINE: Payments can be made by credit card (2.25% fee), Debit Card ($3.29 fee), and eCheck ($1.50 fee) by calling our automated phone system at 559-600-3482 or by visiting our website at: https://www2.co.fresno.ca.us/0410/FresnoTTCPaymentApplication/.
PAYMENT DROPBOXES: Three Drop Boxes will be available at the two locations below to deposit your check or money order payments from March 30 to April 10, 2020.
Two at the Parking lot of the Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Fresno CA 93721
One at the parking lot of the Dept. of Social Services Campus located at W. Pontiac and Pelco Way in Clovis
DRIVE THROUGH: If you want a receipt for your check or money order payment, you must use the new drive-through location located at the North-West corner of M and Kern Streets in Fresno which will be open Monday March 30, 2020 and April 1 through April 10, 2020, excluding weekends from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.
LOBBY OF THE HALL OF RECORDS: We highly recommend that you make your payment online or via check or money order. However, we are accepting cash at this location Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM excluding Tuesday March 31, 2020. All payment types will be accepted on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Q: Under what circumstances could a property tax deadline be extended?
A: Pursuant to Rev and Tax 2619, if the Tax Collectors office is closed, the next business day that it is open is when the deadline applies.
Q: Can the County waive the associated service fees of 2.25 percent for Credit/Debit card payments online and over the telephone?
A: No. The County cannot waive the associated service fees of 2.25 percent for credit/debit card transactions. The fees are charged by our card payment processor to facilitate the transaction. As a reminder, there is $1.50 for e-Check payments online.
Q: Will property tax amounts be reduced due to economic impact of COVID-19?
A: No. Property tax amounts are established on the lien date of January 1 of each year. The property tax amounts currently due for the 2019-2020 Annual Secured Property Taxes have a lien date of January 1, 2019, and therefore, no reduction will be made to the current bill. Should you have questions related to decline-in-value or business personal property valuations, please contact the Office of the Assessor at (559) 600-3534 or visit their website at https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/assessor.
Q: I am expecting a property tax refund. Will this refund be delayed by COVID-19?
A: State Law requires that the Tax Collector to issue refunds within 60 days of the date of initial payment. However, due to the current state of emergency, we may experience unusual delays meeting this timeframe.