Secured Supplemental

What are SUPPLEMENTAL taxes?
SUPPLEMENTAL taxes are levied on property as it exists on the date of the change in ownership or completion of new construction in accordance with Article XIII A of the California Constitution Supplemental taxes represent the additional taxes due for an increase in the assessed value resulting from an ownership change or new construction . If you purchased the property for less than the previously assessed value, you may receive a supplemental tax refund.
When will I receive a Supplemental Tax Bill?
Changes in ownership or new construction will prompt a Supplemental tax bill. Mailings of supplemental bills are only done a few times per year so don’t be concerned if you haven’t received one.
How do Supplemental Tax Bills work?
Supplemental tax bills are prorated from the date of the transfer or completion of new construction to the end of the tax year (June 30). If the supplemental assessment is a positive amount, the County Auditor-Controller will calculate and prorate the supplemental property tax from the date the event occurred, through the end of the fiscal year (June 30). The Tax Collector will mail supplemental tax bill(s) within a few weeks. If the supplemental assessment is a negative amount, a refund may be generated for a portion of the taxes that have already been paid. The County Auditor-Controller will review your payment status, and if you are entitled to a refund, a check will be mailed a few weeks after the tax bills are mailed.
I recently purchased a house and received my property tax bill, but I also received two supplemental tax bills. What's going on?

The first year of owning a new home can be confusing because of the government cycle for assessing property and sending out tax bills.  Property tax bills are sent every September or October and are based on the property's assessed value on January 1st of that year. The first installment payment is due no later than December 10th, and the second installment payment is due no later than April 10th. 

Supplemental tax bills are sent out separately from the regular bills and cover the difference between the previous owner's assessed value and the new purchase price.  Because the County operates on a July-June fiscal year, some people will receive more than one supplemental tax bills depending on when the property was purchased or new construction was completed.

For example, if you bought your house on August 31st for $500,000 and the house was previously assessed for $200,000, the regular tax bill will be based on the previous owner's lower value as of January 1st. The seller should have paid part of the taxes (from July 1 to Aug 31) covering their ownership period up until escrow closed.  A supplemental tax bill, usually sent three to six months after the purchase,will cover taxes for the additional $300,000 in value for the current fiscal year. 

If you bought your house on May 31st, your tax bill would straddle two fiscal years. You would receive a supplemental tax bill for the pro-rated difference in value between April 1st and June 30th, and a second bill for the period July 1st to June 30th of the following year.

PLEASE NOTE:  If your taxes are impounded by your mortgage company, the supplemental taxes are generally not covered and the taxpayer must pay them separately!  Please call our office if you have any questions.

This is how secured property taxes are handled under Proposition 13 for the taxes incurred during transitions between sellers and buyers.  Property taxes under Prop. 13 are based on 1% of the purchase price of your home.  The bills may be higher than 1% due to special assessments in your taxing district for sanitation, water districts, vector control, bond issuances and Mello-Roos charges.

When will I receive my refund check if I received a negative supplemental assessment?
The refunds will be mailed the end of March. Regardless of when you physically receive this refund, you will still need to pay the full amount of the 2011-12 annual property tax bill by the last payment date of April 10. If you do not pay this tax bill timely, late penalties of 10% plus a $23 cost will attach. You can pay up to midnight on the County’s secure website at ocgov.com/octaxbill with no convenience fee by using your bank account. Make sure you get a confirmation number prior to midnight to ensure your payment was processed timely.
Can the Tax Collector use the refund dollars from the negative supplemental assessment towards my secured property tax bill?
Yes, you can mail in the County refund check together with the difference applicable to the second installment. However, it is recommended that you deposit our check and make your payment for the full amount of the second installment. If you enclose your check, you need to include a written request to the Tax Collector authorizing the use of the refund dollars for your tax bill payment. This request and the balance of the funds must be postmarked by the USPS by April 10th to avoid penalties on the secured bill.
My taxes are impounded by Mortgage Company; do I still have to pay these supplemental taxes?
Yes, Supplemental taxes are generally not covered by impound accounts and a copy of the bill is NOT sent to your mortgage lender. Payments not received by the required due dates, either with a USPS postmark or on-line by midnight will accrue late penalties. Consider paying on-line using our eCheck program, which processes the check against your bank account at ocgov.com/octaxbill.
If I have an impound account, will my lender receive the negative supplemental refund check?
No. Any refund generated by the Negative Supplemental Assessment will be made payable to the owner of the property, not the lender.
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