Property Taxes

Application Forms

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The following documents are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF) and require the free Adobe Reader.

  • Application for Property Tax Relief for Military Personnel (PDF - 10kb)
    Military personnel on active duty are eligible to defer the payment of their taxes under the provisions of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. Instead of the penalties, costs and fees imposed under California law, the unpaid taxes are subject only to interest at the rate of six percent (6%) per annum. This application form may be completed by the military service person, his/her adult dependent or any other individual authorized by the service person to act on his/her behalf. Please complete the information and file the form with the tax collector.

  • Installment Plan Agreement (PDF - 97kb)
    For prior year secured property tax delinquencies, a property owner may initiate an installment plan of redemption to redeem the property. This plan provides a means of paying secured property taxes that have been delinquent for one or more years, with payments being made in five or fewer installments in accordance with California Revenue and Taxation Code. While the installment plan is in good standing, the property may not be tax-defaulted subject to the power to sell, nor the right of redemption terminated.

  • Online Penalty Waiver (E-Form Submission)
    Penalties for the late payment of taxes are imposed automatically by the California legislature. The same law authorizes the Tax Collector and Auditor or Assessor to refund delinquent charges under limited conditions. This law allows relief under the following circumstances only:
    • R&TC Section 2512: Proof the United States Postal Service took custody of the payment on or before the delinquency date
    • R&TC Section 4911: Payment was made to an incorrect property by mistake
    • R&TC Section 4985: An error expressly made by the Tax Collector, the Auditor, or the Assessor
    • R&TC Section 4985.2: Circumstances beyond the taxpayer's control and occurred notwithstanding the exercise of ordinary care in the absence of willful neglect. Examples that may qualify:
      • Specific medical conditions causing unexpected hospitalization on the delinquency date with the absence of a joint property owner
      • Natural disasters (e.g. wildfires)
      • Death of the property owner of record on or before the delinquency date
      • Government declared state of emergency
    • R&TC Section 4986: Penalty cancellation is to correct a specific Alameda County error
    This application E-Form allows you to state the reason why relief should be granted. You may upload documentation to prove your claim. Have the tax bill in front of you, as it contains information necessary to complete the E-Form.