Are or can unsecured taxes be pro-rated?
No. In accordance with State law, unsecured tax bills are not pro-rated. If the property/interest is sold, transferred, or otherwise disposed of after the “Lien Date” responsibility for pro-ration of taxes is between seller and buyer. The tax bill will be issued in the name of the seller.
Are there programs to assist me with paying my tax bills?
Listed below are available programs designed to provide assistance to qualified individuals (property owners) to pay property taxes. To find out if you qualify you must contact each program provider, as the Tax Collector cannot determine eligibility.
Property Tax Postponement Program - The State Controller's Office (SCO) administers the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) program, which allows eligible homeowners to postpone payment of current-year property taxes on their primary residence. PTP applications are accepted from October 1 to February 10 each year.
Go to the SCO website at www.ptp.sco.ca.gov for more information.
If you have any questions, call (800) 952-5661 or email [email protected].
California Mortgage Relief – The California Mortgage Relief Program is designed to provide financial assistance for property tax payments. Homeowners may be eligible if they have faced a pandemic-related hardship due to COVID-19 and they have missed one property tax payment before February 1, 2024. Visit California Mortgage Relief Program | (camortgagerelief.org) or call 1-888-840-2594 for more information.
You may also be eligible for one of several exemptions such as a Homeowner’s Exemption, Veteran’s Exemption, or Church and Welfare Exemption, which may result in tax savings. For more information visit the Solano County - Assessor/Recorder Home.
Are unpaid taxes / delinquencies reported on my credit?
While the Solano County Tax Collector does not directly report to credit agencies the information is public record so credit agencies can obtain this information from the recorders.
Can I get a list of the property Solano County is selling?
To view or bid on properties for auction visit Solano.MyTaxSale.com.
Can I get the tax payment balance for parcel #?
To view or pay property tax bills visit Tax Collector (publicaccessnow.com). For more information contact the Tax Collector.
Can I pay by Credit Card? / Can I pay online?
Yes, property tax bills can be paid by debit card, credit card or electronic check at Tax Collector (publicaccessnow.com). Look up the property you wish to pay using the "Property Tax Search & Payment" and follow the links as directed. Please be aware there is a convenience fee for the use of a debit or credit card. This fee is charged by a third party to cover the merchant charges associated with providing the service; the County does not receive any revenue from this fee.
Can I pay in person? / Can I use a credit card to pay in person at the Tax Collector window?
Property taxes can be paid in person at 675 Texas Street, Suite 1900 (first floor lobby), Fairfield, CA 94533. The Tax Collector accepts cash, check or debit/credit cards. Please be aware there is a convenience fee for the use of a debit or credit card. This fee is charged by a third party to cover the merchant charges associated with providing the service; the County does not receive any revenue from this fee.
Can I pay just the amount of the garbage/weed control lien?
Yes, the garbage/weed control lien can be paid by itself.
Can I pay the property tax without paying the amount of the garbage/weed control lien?
No, the property tax bill cannot be paid without the amount of the garbage/weed control lien. Once the lien is placed, it becomes part of the property taxes collected.
Can you take my house? / Are any liens filed?
If the tax bill remains delinquent for five years, the Solano County Tax Collector can obtain “Power to Sell” on the property and sell the property at a County Tax Sale which is held annually, normally in May. The Tax Collectors office will file a lien against the real property when the taxes have reached Power to Sell Tax Defaulted Property.
Can you take payment over the phone? / Can I pay my taxes over the phone?
Payments cannot be made over the phone.
Did you get my payment? / When will my payment be credited?
Please visit Tax Collector (publicaccessnow.com) to obtain the most current property tax payment information.
How do I clear a Power to Sell lien?
Please contact the Tax Collector.
How do I clear an unsecured lien?
Please contact the Tax Collector.
How do I get a garbage/weed control lien removed from my tax bill?
The garbage/weed control liens are placed by the city. If you think a garbage lien was place on your tax bill in error, you will need to contact the sanitation department of the city in which the property is located.
How is delinquency determined?
Date and time of delinquency is determined by date and time postmarked. When the due date falls on a weekend or a legal holiday, the due date is extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next business day.
I am in the military and was deployed when my taxes were due, can the penalty fee be canceled?
The penalty fee can be canceled for military personnel who were deployed when their taxes were due. For more assistance with penalty cancellation requests please contact the Tax Collector.
I did not receive my tax bill / I never got the bill, can the penalty fee be canceled?
Please contact the Tax Collector.
I didn’t receive my tax bill can I get another? / Request for a bill
Property tax bills are available online at Tax Collector (publicaccessnow.com).
Please be aware of current tax amounts, due dates and delinquency dates, as you are still responsible for payment regardless if you have received a bill.
I have or will be declaring bankruptcy; how does this impact my taxes?
Declaring bankruptcy does not release the debt. Please contact the Tax Collector for further information.
I have partial ownership of a property why is my name not on the bill?
All owners are listed on the deed, however only the first name listed on the deed will appear on the tax bill itself. To make sure all the names have been recorded on the deed for the property, contact the Solano County - Recording Section.
I have partial ownership of a property. How is the tax bill divided between me and the other owner(s)?
The Tax Collector’s office does not pro-rate or split bills based on percentage of ownership. The owners will need to decide amongst themselves the amount each owner is responsible for. The Tax Collector’s Office does not accept partial payments so all payments will need to be mailed together.
I just got my tax bill in the mail, but I have an impound/escrow account. Why was the bill sent to me?
The property tax bill is always sent to the homeowner. The impound/escrow account is an agreement between the homeowner and the lender. The Tax Collector’s Office does not track who has an impound account and who doesn’t. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to know whether the mortgage company will pay the property taxes. If there is an impound account, the bill can be kept for income tax purposes or for personal records.
I no longer own the property, but I still received a bill, what should I do?
Disregard the property tax bill or return the bill to the Tax Collector’s Office marked “Property sold, no longer owned by this party”.
I thought I got a supplemental tax bill last year. Why did I get another supplemental tax bill?
It is possible to receive more than one supplemental tax bill. Because the secured property taxes are based on the value as of January 1 and cover the up-coming fiscal year, July 1 through June 30, a purchase or new construction may affect the calculation of taxes for one or two fiscal years. If the change occurs between July and December, one supplemental bill is issued. However, if the change occurs between January and June, two supplemental bills are issued. For example, if there is a change of ownership in April of 2007, there will be a supplemental bill issued for the 06/07 tax year pro-rated from the date of the change of ownership to the end of that tax year on 6/30/07. There will also be a supplemental bill for the 07/08 tax year even though the change of ownership did not occur in this tax year, pro-rated from the beginning of the tax year on 7/1/07 to April of ’08, a full calendar year after the change of ownership originally happened. The following tax year, 08/09, the full amount of taxes will be issued on one bill.
I was unable to pay my taxes on time due to (financial) hardship can the penalty be cancelled?
Individuals requesting that the penalty be cancelled because of hardship reasons must contact the Tax Collector.
I was unable to pay my taxes on time due to medical reasons can the penalty be cancelled?
Please contact the Tax Collector.
Is a private postage meter date the same as the United States Postal Service postmark? What postmark is accepted for determining payment delinquency?
Private postage meter dates are not acceptable. California law requires the Tax Collector to accept the US Postal Service Postmark or an independent delivery service that is an I. R. S. designated service (example: FedEx,), when the date shipped can be ascertained via the shipping slip.
Is my mortgage company going to pay my tax bill?
The only way to be certain a mortgage company will in fact pay the property tax bill is for the homeowner to contact the mortgage company. If the property tax bill contains the statement “A mortgage company has requested your tax bill.”, a lender/mortgage company has requested tax bill information. However, this is not an indication that they will pay the tax bill, rather that the information was requested. (Note: Supplemental tax bills are not usually paid by mortgage companies.)
Is there a penalty for delinquent or late payments?
If the first installment is not paid by 5:00 p.m. on the due date indicated on the first installment stub of the property tax bill a 10% penalty is applied. If the second installment is not paid by 5:00 p.m. on the due date indicated on the second installment stub of the property tax bill a 10% penalty and $20 cost are applied.
Is there a/what is the penalty for delinquent payment?
A 10% penalty is applied to the first installment if not paid by the delinquency date and a 10% penalty and $20 cost is applied to the second installment if not paid by the delinquency date.
My property is being foreclosed on. Who is responsible for the taxes?
Solano County holds the owner of the property responsible for the taxes. In other words, the taxes follow the property, not the owner. Whoever owns the property is responsible for the taxes. Once a new owner is recorded on the title, they become responsible for any taxes owing. The taxpayer will need to contact the mortgage company to find out what their policy is regarding property tax and foreclosures.
My taxes are delinquent. What kind of payment options does your office offer?
The Tax Collector’s office offers one payment plan, a 5 pay plan, on prior year delinquent taxes. The 5 pay plan requires the taxpayer to make at least one payment on the prior year delinquent taxes per year for 5 years as well as paying all current year bills timely.
The Tax Collector’s office does not offer payment plans for current year taxes.
If “Power to Sell” has been established, then the 5 pay plan is not an option and the taxes must be paid in full.
What are “secured” property taxes?
The term “secured” means taxes are assessed against real property (real estate) (land and/or structures). The tax is a lien that is secured by the land/structure even though no document was officially recorded. The secured tax bill is based on the property’s value as of the “Lien Date” January 1, as determined by the Assessor.
What are “supplemental” taxes? / Why did I get a supplemental tax bill?
Supplemental taxes are in addition to secured taxes that are due when property undergoes a change in ownership or new construction. When a change in ownership or new construction takes place, the Assessor is required to immediately adjust the “Lien Date”, January 1, value to reflect the new value of the property. Supplemental tax bills represent the tax due on the difference between the old and new values.
What are “unsecured” taxes?
“Unsecured” taxes are taxes assessed on business equipment and machinery, mobile homes, boats and aircraft, possessory interest, and other interest which are generally not secured by land. These taxes are a lien against the assessed owner of the property, not the property, on the Lien Date – January 1.
What does “Transferred/TR” mean (on the website)?
Only a supplemental bill will show “TR (transferred)” status. Supplemental bill information remains on the system for three years whether or not it is paid. If the Supplemental tax bill becomes delinquent and is still not paid by the time that tax year ends, it is transferred into redemption status and begins accruing interest (at a monthly rate of 1.5%.) If the status of a bill is “TR” on the website, it means it was transferred into redemption at one point. If the bill has been paid, it will show the status as “PD”. If the bill is delinquent, the status shows “DL”.
What happens if I don’t pay my property taxes?
If the first installment of a tax bill becomes delinquent, a penalty of 10% is applied. If the second installment becomes delinquent, a penalty of 10% plus a $20 cost is applied. If one or both of the installments are still not paid by the last day of the tax year (June 30), beginning the first day of the next tax year (July 1) they are assessed a $15.00 fee for being transferred to defaulted and begins accruing interest at a monthly rate of 1.5%. Once in defaulted, the taxes continue accruing interest until they are paid in full.
What is a Courtesy Notice?
If you purchase property between approximately October 1 and March 1 you may not receive a tax bill the first year because the tax bill may have been mailed to the former owner. A courtesy notice is mailed to new property owners to advise them of the tax amounts due and the due dates for the current fiscal year secured tax bill.
What is the “JT” in my name on the bill/My middle initial is not “JT”/You have “JT” following my name on the tax bill. What does that mean?
“JT” stands for Joint Tenants.
What is your location? / How late/early are you open?
Solano County Tax Collector 675 Texas Street Suite 1900 Fairfield, California 94533. Please visit Tax Collector for current business hours.
When are “secured” taxes due?
Secured tax bills are mailed annually, not later than October 31. The entire annual tax bill may be paid at once by the due date indicated on the first installment stub or in two equal installments by the dates indicated on each stub. The first installment is due November 1 and must be paid by 5:00pm December 10. The second installment is due February 1 and must be paid by 5:00pm April 10. Property tax bills added to the roll throughout the year due to corrections or escape assessments, etc. must be paid by the dates indicated on the tax bill.
When are “supplemental” taxes due?
Supplemental tax bills are due upon receipt and delinquent on the dates indicated on the tax bill.
When are “unsecured” taxes due?
Unsecured taxes are billed in July and are due no later than August 31. Property tax bills added to the roll after July are due the month following the month billed. If taxes are not paid by the delinquency date, as stated on the bill, a lien will be recorded against the assessed owner of the property, which can and will adversely affect the assessee’s credit.
Who do I make my check payable to and where do I mail it to?
Please make your check payable to Charles Lomeli, TTCCC 675 Texas Street Suite 1900 Fairfield, CA 94533
Why did I get two tax bills for my boat?
If a boat is valued at over $5000, there will be a tax bill issued each year for the value of the boat. There can also be a separate bill issued if the boat is kept in a harbor. This is called “possessory interest”, and these taxes are paid for the area the boat occupies, not the boat itself. Visit Solano County - Assessor Division for more information.
Will I get a receipt? / How do I get proof of payment?
If a payment is made online a receipt will be emailed. If a payment is made in person at the Tax Collector’s office a receipt will be printed. If a check is mailed the cancelled check will serve as a receipt.
Will my mortgage company pay my supplemental taxes?
Mortgage companies (impound accounts) will not pay supplemental property tax bills unless specific arrangements are made to do so. If you have any concerns regarding payment, please contact your mortgage company for more information.
How much was my property tax for the last 7 years?
Please visit Tax Collector (publicaccessnow.com) for property tax payment history.