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Unsecured Property Taxes Frequently Asked Questions


Due Dates

Unsecured taxes are delinquent if unpaid as of 5:00 pm on August 31of the tax year.  If August 31 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, the deadline is extended until the next business day.  

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The Certificate of Tax Lien 
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What is an Unsecured Property Tax?

It is an ad-valorem (value based) property tax that is the liability of the person or entity assessed for the tax. Because the tax is not secured by real property (such as land) the tax is called "UNSECURED."

What type of property are assessed as Unsecured personal property tax bill?

All property that is not real property is considered personal property and therefore are issued an Unsecured tax bill.  There are several types including, Business fixtures, Business Personal Property, Boats, Aircraft. Supplemental Escape and Pro-Rated Escape Taxes on real property that has changed ownership prior to issuance of the tax bill.

What do I have to do to communicate with someone?

If you have a particular problem that can be resolved by talking to a person, you may call the phone number listed on our hours of service page.  If the problem involves more details and needs to be researched we recommend that you contact our office by e-mail or submit the form provided by clicking on the phone below.

What is Unsecured Tax Four Pay Plan?

Escape bills in excess of $500.00 may be eligible to be paid on a FOUR YEAR PAYMENT PLAN.  The payments are payable over a four-year period as per California Revenue and Taxation Code.

To enroll a bill on the Four Year Plan, you must:

a.  File a written request with the Tax Collector's office prior to the due date of the bill.
b.  Pay the $200.00 four pay fee and submit check with completed with written request or completed application.
c.  Pay at least 20% of the tax, no later than the due date.

When are Unsecured Tax Bills mailed?

Unsecured tax bills are mailed out by June 30th each year.

Where do I mail my tax payment?

Los Angeles County
Treasurer and Tax Collector
P.O Box 54027
Los Angeles, CA  90054-0027

May taxes be paid with a credit card?

No not as yet.  The only credit card payments being accepted are for secured property taxes.

What is the lien date?

It is the date when the liability fixes to the assessee. The lien date is January 1.

How does a sale, removal or disposal of my business equipment, boat or aircraft affect my tax bill?

The tax bill will be issued to the owner on the lien date January 1.  Disposal, removal, or sale of the assessment after the lien date will not affect the tax bill.  NO PRORATIONS ARE MADE BY THE TAX COLLECTOR ON UNSECURED PROPERTY TAXES.  Any proration is strictly a private matter between buyer and seller.

How do I get a duplicate Tax Bill?

For Unsecured tax bills, call (213) 893-7935 and ask for a duplicate tax bill.

What if my check is dishonored by the bank ?

$33.00 fee is added to the tax bill and any applicable penalties will be applied retroactively.

What is the Fiscal Year?

A FISCAL YEAR is the County's accounting cycle. It is from July 1 each year through June 30 the following year.

Example: 1999-00 fiscal year is July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000.

What if I disagree with the tax bill?

If the assessee name is incorrect, contact the Assessor.
If the property being assessed is incorrect, contact the Assessor.
If the value of the property is incorrect, contact the Assessor.
For delinquency date or payment information, contact the Tax Collector.

  Department Phone Number
  Assessor   (Business) (213) 974 - 3211
  Tax Collector (Unsecured) (213) 893 - 7935

Do I need to pay the tax bill while appealing or talking with the Assessor about a reduction in the value assessed?

Yes.  To avoid penalties, liens or enforced collections the tax must be paid prior to it becoming delinquent.  Should the tax be reduced later, a refund will be issued.

What if I don't pay my tax bill prior to delinquency?

A penalty of 10% will be charged on the date of the delinquency.  Additional penalties at the rate of 1.5 % per month will be charged starting the 1st day of the second month after the delinquency date until the tax is paid in full.  Upon delinquency the following collection methods may be used to collect the tax:

Summary Judgments
Legal Actions
Seizure and Sale of Personal Property

How can I contact someone in the Tax Collector's Office regarding my personal property?

You may send us e-mail using the form linked to the mail box below.  Be sure to include all information.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

When are Unsecured taxes due?

Unsecured taxes are due August 31, 2000 and on August 31 of each year.

What should I do if I don't received a tax bill?

If you do not receive a tax bill by July 10th, contact this office at (213) 893-7935.  If you wish to email the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office the address is or use our Unsecured Property Tax respond form.


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