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Orange County’s treasurer announced Wednesday that nearly 54,500 unsecured property tax bills, valued at more than $ 320 million, had been sent and are due by August 31.
The tax bills, which can also be viewed online at ocgov.com/octaxbill, relate to commercial real estate, leased equipment, boats and aircraft for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
“The past year has been devastating for many property owners. I understand and understand the financial impact COVID-19 is having on Orange County’s taxpayers and businesses, ”said Treasurer Shari L. Freidenrich.
“Applicable state law requires the registered owner to be responsible for paying the unsecured property tax bill for the 2021-22 fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021, even if the unsecured property was sold or otherwise disposed of after January 1, 2021” says she said. “In contrast to secured property taxes, unsecured property taxes are not calculated pro rata according to the time of ownership.”
The new owner of the unsecured property is not responsible for paying property tax on the acquired personal property until the new deposit date of January 1, 2022.
Of the 54,478 unsecured property tax invoices that were generated, tax assessments were sent to 43,002 companies, 16,760 boat and airplane owners, and 15,070 leasing equipment owners.
The exemption for unsecured low-value real estate for office equipment, boats and airplanes has been increased from $ 3,000 to $ 7,500 for the 2021-22 fiscal year at the request of the treasurer and appraiser, according to Freidenrich.
She said there were 39,331 fewer assessments in 2021 than in 2020, including a decrease of 21,877 corporate assessments, lowering the tax burden for small businesses.
Friedrich recommends that taxpayers skip the line and pay online. There is no service charge for paying online via eCheck (bank account), and taxpayers can pay online until the last day of August at midnight and receive credit for the same day and a receipt that can be printed out or emailed .
Payments in person are due at the County Service Center by 5:00 p.m. on August 31, or left in the payment box on Ross Street and the adjacent parking lot by midnight.
Unsecured property tax invoices that are not paid by the due date will be penalized with a 10% penalty plus a $ 75 collection fee. Taxpayers paying by mail must be date stamped by the U.S. Postal Service on August 31st or earlier. Taxpayers sending payment shortly before the due date should have the payment envelopes canceled by hand and can go to ocgov.com/postmarks for more information to ensure that all payments sent through the mail are received on time.
Freidenrich encourages taxpayers to sign up for unsecured property tax information via SMS or email at ocgov.com/ocunsecuredreminder. Taxpayers can view previous tax bills online and also view an online excerpt to see if current or past unsecured property taxes are owed. The information is available at ocgov.com/octaxbill and scroll down to the Unsecured Property Tax Invoice section in the middle of the page. You can search for the company name, the tax number (TC Ref), the CF number, the N number or the tax year and assessment number.
OC Unsecured property tax invoices for the 2021-22 financial year sent by post and available online was last changed: July 28, 2021 from
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