The most common property tax exemption is the Homeowner's exemption. California state law provides for a reduction in property taxes if you own and reside in your home. To qualify for this exemption you must have owned and lived in your home on the January 1st immediately preceding the fiscal year for which the taxes are billed.
To obtain this reduction you must file a claim for the Homeowner's Property Tax Exemption with the Assessor's office. In order to ensure that only those who are entitled to the exemption continue to qualify YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TERMINATE THIS CLAIM if either of the following events occurred prior to 12:01 A.M. January 1st:
Ownership of the property transfers to another party;
Your principal place of residence changes to another location.
IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for the exemption as of 12:01 A.M. January 1, you must notify the Assessor in writing on or before December 10th of the same calendar year, or you will be subject to payment of taxes the exemption represents, plus applicable penalties and interest
Other exemptions available are:
If you have questions regarding the homeowner's or any other exemption, please contact the County Assessor's Office at (831) 755-5035 Salinas; (831) 647-7719 Monterey; or write to Post Office Box 570, Salinas, CA 93902.