Property Tax Assistance

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Assessor

John Tuteur Assessor

 

Property Tax Assistance For Seniors And The Disabled

The California State Controller offers property tax assistance for eligible seniors over age 62 and disabled individuals of any age who own and occupy their home (not including manufactured homes).  This program is self-financing and does not impact the Napa County budget.    Eligible seniors and disabled individuals are encouraged to take advantage of the program because only a small percentage of eligible persons within Napa County apply.   

 

The homeowner’s annual household income cannot exceed $35,500.  The homeowner must have at least 40% equity in the property and the property cannot be subject to a reverse mortgage.   Applications are available each September at the Napa County Assessor Division and on the State Controller website at http://www.sco.ca.gov/ardtax_prop_tax_postponement.html

 

Once a homeowner qualifies the annual property taxes are paid by the State for each year that the homeowner remains in the program. The postponed taxes become a mini-mortgage against the property with simple interest accruing.  When the home is sold or passes by inheritance, the accumulated postponed taxes plus interest must be repaid to the state.  In most cases this repayment is not a burden because the home either sells for much more than the postponed taxes or the heirs are able to pay off the postponed taxes if they plan to keep the home.

 

Should you have any questions please contact Napa County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk John Tuteur at 707.253.4459 or by e-mail jtuteur@countyofnapa.org