Property Tax Postponement
In February 2009, the State Legislature indefinitely suspended the State Controller's Office Property Tax Postponement Program. Since that time, the Controller's Office has been working with the Legislature to restore the program or find alternative ways to assist senior, blind, and disabled homeowners with their property taxes. However, the State Controller's Office Property Tax Postponement Program remains suspended.
On September 30, 2011, the Governor signed AB 1090 (Chapter 369, Statutes of 2011 ), which allows each county, if it wishes, to implement a property tax postponement program for properties located within the county. The voluntary county-run property tax postponement program is effective January 1, 2012.
NEW Program Reinstatement
On September 28, 2014, the Governor signed AB 2231 (Statutes of 2014, Chapter 703), which reinstates the State Controller's Property Tax Postponement Program with some revisions. This program will allow senior, blind, and disabled citizens with an annual household income of $35,500 or less and 40% equity in their homes to apply to defer payment of property taxes on their principal residence. Under this bill, applications may be filed with the State Controller's Office beginning October 1, 2016. Applications will not be accepted prior to October 1, 2016. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further program information or call toll free, 1-800-952-5661.