Ted Gaines, member of the State Board of Equalization, and Lt. El Dorado County’s Sheriff Jeff Leikauf inspect the remains of the Grizzly Flat Post Office after the fire broke out in Caldor. Provided
SACRAMENTO, California – As forest fires rage across California, State Board of Equalization member Ted Gaines is reminding those affected that they may be eligible for a property tax break.
“We are currently witnessing a series of devastating forest fires in California with hundreds of lost or damaged buildings, and the season is far from over,” said Gaines.
“Although property taxes are not the first thing that comes to mind when considering the aftermath of a wildfire, the next property tax rate will be due in a few months this December to local counties. I am a taxpayers attorney committed to helping Californians at all times, especially in exceptional emergency situations. It is important that families and small businesses affected by these disasters understand the resources and assistance available so that they can begin rebuilding their lives. “
That summer, a state of emergency was declared in response to the fires in 12 specific counties, almost all of which are in the Gaines District, including Alpine, Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Tehama, Trinity, Shasta, and Siskiyou.
Affected properties in declared disaster areas may qualify for property tax relief as long as the loss estimate is at least $ 10,000 of the property’s current market value. In many cases, the damaged property can be revalued in its current condition with some taxes refunded to the owner. After the reconstruction, the previously damaged value of the property will be restored.
The BOE plays a vital role in valuation practices and property tax administration across the country. To qualify for a tax break, property owners must file an application with the El Dorado County Assessor’s Office, which can be reached at (530) 621-5719 within 12 months from the date of damage or destruction or the time specified in the district ordinance, respectively after what happens later.
Eligible property owners can also request a deferral of their next installment of property tax with no penalties or interest. Affected property owners are encouraged to contact the appraisal office to apply for property tax reduction.
Visit the BOE’s disaster relief page at boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/disaster-relief.htm for more information, additional resources, and answers to frequently asked questions.