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Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector reassures community about property tax deadlines

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 15:46:53-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector has released a statement regarding upcoming property tax deadlines and solutions for those struggling due to COVID-19.

In a statement, Jordan Kaufman said:

I understand that this is a very stressful time, especially for those suffering direct effects from this public health crisis, and my office is committed to helping in any way we can. Kern County property owners affected by the COVID-19 virus may have late penalties canceled if they are unable to pay their property taxes by the April 10 deadline.

Kaufman also said beginning on April 11, the day after property taxes are due, people unable to pay on time for reasons related to COVID-19 may submit a request for penalty cancellation with their payment.

Special COVID-19 Penalty Cancellation Request forms can be found on our website beginning on April 11. Once County offices reopen, the department will set up a special team to process these requests for those who demonstrate they were affected by the outbreak.

Various methods of payment are available:
1) Pay online: via the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website:
E-Checks (ACH) can be used for on-line payments with zero fees.
Credit cards and debit cards have a 2% card processing fee based on the amount of taxes paid. The 2% processing fee is the same whether you pay on-line or in person.

2) Mail your check: KCTTC Payment Center
P.O. Box 541004
Los Angeles, CA 90054-1004

3) NO cash payments: Between the dates of March 16 and April 14, 2020 (and possibly longer), taxpayers cannot make in person cash payments due to the closure of the County Administrative Center. Please use a personal check or obtain a cashier’s check or money order and mail it to the address above.