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Rather than to have your money go up in smoke....

Get your appraisal done free of charge by the Santa Clara County Assessor's Office.

Dear Tammy,

It's tax time! What is the real taxable amount of your property value?

If you believe that the market value as of January 1, 2009 is less than the taxable amount shown on your "Notification of Assessed Value" postcard - take the following steps to get resolution.

County Assessor's Office
Property Tax

An Application for a reduced assessment

must be filed between July 2 and September 16, 2009, with the Clerk of the Board, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, Tenth Floor, San Jose, CA 95110.

Applications may be obtained by calling the Clerk at (408)299-5001. Their office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or go to:
http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/cob. The clerk will send a notice of the scheduled hearing date. However, your appearance at the hearing may be waived by the Assessment Appeals Board if a written stipulation of value is presented, signed by you or your agent, the Assessor, and the County Legal Officer.

The following information was taken directly from the assessor's website, article dated February 6, 2009:

"While the review has begun, property owners are urged to wait until the Assessor's Office completes the review in late June and sends notification cards to all 460,000 property owners."


January 1

The lien date for the assessment of property on the assessment roll is 12:01 AM, on January 1 of each year.

February 15

Legal deadline to file timely exemption claims for homeowner, veteran, disabled veteran, cemetery, church, college, and welfare exemptions.

April 1

Deadline to file Business Property Statements.

April 10

Last day to pay second installment of

secured property taxes without penalty.

July 1

Assessment Roll delivered to the County Controller.

July 2 - September 15

Period for filing application for assessment appeal hearing with the Clerk of the Appeals Board.

August 31

Last day to pay unsecured taxes without penalty.

December 10

Last day to pay first installment of secured property taxes without penalty, and deadline to file a late exemption for homeowners and veterans.

Taxes are inevitable. Stay "in the know". Keep yourself informed of what you can possibly do to save yourself some money and what dates may be helpful for you to know.

Please contact us if you want help in getting your books current or learning how to do your own bookkeeping! We are here to provide what you need!


Tammy Foley
Bookkeeping Services & We Train U-2

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