Penalty Waivers Provide Relief for Taxpayers
Marin County property owners needing relief from property tax penalties received welcome news April 21 regarding the Tax Collector’s COVID-19 penalty waiver process. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to give the Marin County Director of Finance the ability to waive property taxpenalties for reasons that are specific to COVID-19. The Board’s action is intended to address taxes that first became delinquent during the shelter-in-place order and includes reasons related to individual economic hardship.
The Board resolution created a clear framework around the COVID-19 penalty waiver process and allows the Tax Collector’s Office to cancel penalties for reasons related to COVID-19 that are beyond the normal standard. It also ensures accountability, equity, and uniformity in the process and will allow the County to quantify the financial impact of COVID-19 on property taxes should opportunities for reimbursement become available.
Instructions on how to file an Application for Penalty Waiver online or by mail will be mailed by April 30 to all property owners with unpaid property taxes. Applications are available now at marincounty.org/penaltywaiver.
Read the full news release to find out more about penalty waivers for Taxpayers.