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Defaulted bills sent to nearly 23K property taxpayers

Bills incur monthly penalties until paid


Last updated 8/26/2019 at 7:09am

SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Aug. 13 that his office is mailing nearly 23,000 defaulted bills to property taxpayers who failed to pay all their 2018-2019 property taxes.

“We are sending 22,850 bills this week, which is 2,449 fewer than we sent last year,” said McAllister. “These numbers are a positive sign that our economy is continuing to improve.”

The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office sent over 36,000 reminders to late taxpayers in June, warning them that they will have to pay more if their taxes go into default.

The default deadline was July 1, so each late bill will incur an extra 1.5% penalty each month (18% each year) it goes unpaid. That is on top of the 10% penalty added for each late installment. The total amount due is $106,463,760.

“We hate to see people have to pay significantly more in late fees, so we try to warn them at every step that higher penalties are coming,” said McAllister. “Still, we had a 99.2% collection rate last fiscal year – one of the highest in the state – which shows me that the majority of San Diegans take the responsibility to pay on time seriously.”

Threat of increased penalties is not the only incentive for people to pay their taxes. Under California State law, the TTC may sell any or all portions of properties that have been in default for five years.

Submitted by San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office.


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