Article Source: San Mateo County Tax Collector
Important Message From County Tax Collector on Property Taxes
are all being impacted by the COVID‐19 pandemic. As your County
Tax Collector I am working hard to balance the interest of individual
taxpayers, community needs for essential services during this
emergency, as well as state and national financial impacts.
During times of crisis or disaster – this need for balance is most
Tax Collectors in every county in the state have a
long history of working with taxpayers in times of emergency, disaster
and individual hardships. While these times are scary, we are very
experienced working with impacted individuals during and after crises
and we are ready to do so in the case of COVID‐19.
I want to
emphasize that the April 10 deadline for the second installment of
property tax – which is a State law – must remain in place to ensure
that essential county, city, school and special district services can
That being said, state law does provide for Tax
Collectors to waive penalties based on reasonable cause and individual
circumstances. Some taxpayers may have legitimate circumstances
preventing them from paying on time, however not all taxpayers will be
impacted enough to make paying taxes a problem.
I stress to everyone in San Mateo County: If you can pay your property taxes on time, you are obligated to do so.
is this so critical? Unlike income taxes, property tax revenues are not
distributed throughout the fiscal year. Instead, nearly all funds—over
$140 billion statewide —are received in the days before the two payment
deadlines of December 10 and April 10. Extending the deadline would
have a dramatic and immediate impact on local funding, as almost all
local agencies rely on property tax for the majority of their revenue.
agencies are on the front lines responding to the COVID‐19 pandemic.
From county public health departments, public hospitals and health
systems, to school districts that are now providing food and distance
learning to thousands of students sheltering in place with their
families, the local agencies funded by our property taxes cannot
continue to provide these essential services without property tax
These are challenging and unprecedented times. I hope
that those who are fortunate enough to be in the financial position to
pay property tax on time, as required by state law, will do so as you
always have. Teachers, law enforcement, fire fighters, public health
and safety officers and many others are relying on you.
those taxpayers who have been individually and substantially impacted
by this pandemic, please know that I, along with my fellow tax
collectors throughout the state, are preparing to assist you through
the penalty waiver process, which will begin AFTER April 10.
local government is working for you and will continue to work for you.
Your local property taxes are needed – by April 10 ‐ so that we can
ensure that essential services are staffed and equipped to help get us
through this difficult time together.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,
San Mateo County Treasurer-Tax Collector
To make a payment, go to https://tax.smcgov.org/
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