Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector Keith Knox has announced that property owners affected by the COVID-19 virus may have late penalties cancelled if they are unable to pay their property taxes by the April 10 deadline.
The County has no authority to extend the April 10 deadline, as outlined by state law. However, 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 online. The department has set up a special team to process these requests for those who demonstrate they were affected by the outbreak.
Property owners who can pay their taxes on time are encouraged to do so. This revenue helps keep the government running and providing vital services that the public relies on, especially in times like these.
Since County buildings are currently closed to the public during this emergency, there will be no in-person payments. Instead, taxpayers can pay online, via telephone or by mail.