SACRAMENTO—State Controller Betty T. Yee today reminded Californians that homeowners in counties with declared emergencies have extra time to apply for California’s Property Tax Postponement (PTP) program for the 2021-22 tax year. While the standard application deadline was February 10, homeowners in 23 counties affected by wildfires or severe October storms have until May 11, 2022, to apply. 

Homeowners in the following counties where the governor declared an emergency due to wildfires and/or severe storms have been granted an extension to file: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Francisco, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, and Trinity.

The PTP program, administered by Controller Yee, allows homeowners who are seniors, are blind, or have a disability and who meet eligibility requirements to defer payment of property taxes on their primary residence. The State Controller’s Office pays property taxes to the county for a homeowner approved for PTP. A lien is placed on the real property, or a security agreement filed for a manufactured home, until the account is paid in full. 

In the 2020-2021 tax year, California homeowners were able to postpone more than $4.3 million in residential property taxes. Funding for PTP is limited, and applications are processed in the order they are received. Participants must reapply each year and demonstrate they continue to meet eligibility requirements.

At a minimum, each PTP applicant must submit a completed application and copies of their 2021-22 property tax bill, photo identification, ownership deed, and proof of 2020 income. A checklist in the application packet and instructions will show if individual circumstances require additional documentation.

Applications and additional program details can be found online or by calling (800) 952-5661.

As the chief fiscal officer of California, Controller Yee is responsible for accountability and disbursement of the state’s financial resources. The Controller has independent auditing authority over government agencies that spend state funds. She is a member of numerous financing authorities, and fiscal and financial oversight entities including the Franchise Tax Board. She also serves on the boards for the nation’s two largest public pension funds. Elected in 2014 and reelected in 2018, Controller Yee is the tenth woman elected to a statewide office in California’s history. Follow the Controller on Twitter at @CAController and on Facebook at California State Controller’s Office.