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California (CA) Property Tax Info

Property Tax Rank in US (best =1) 16
Corporate Tax Rank in US (best =1) 28
Sales Tax Rank in US (best =1) 45
Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate 0.80%
Is Personal Property Taxable Yes
California State Website
Capital Sacramento
Largest City Los Angeles
Largest Metro Area 13,291,486

Important Dates

For Real Property

  • California Property Tax Filing Deadline Apr 1
  • California Property Tax Appeal Deadline Between July 2 and September 15

For Business Personal Property

  • BPP Filing (Rendition) Deadline Between March 1 and May unless assessor requires earlier date, but no earlier than Apr 1
  • BPP Appeal Deadline Between July 2 and September 15 if the County Assessor provides a notice of assessed value by August 1; otherwise the deadline is November 30. Depending on the jurisdiction, appeals of escape and supplemental assessments must be filed within 60 days of either the notice date or the issuance date on the tax bill. Many California counties charge appeal filing fees that must be paid at the time of filing; these fees can range from $30 to $65 (or more) per application. A list of filing dates by County in California is released annually by the Board of Equalization.

How much is property tax in California?

California Property taxes are limited by Proposition 13, a law approved by California voters in 1978. The law has two important features.

First, it limits general property taxes (not including those collected for special purposes) to 1% of a property’s market value. And secondly, it restricts increases in assessed value to 2% per year. These two rules combine to keep California’s overall property taxes below the national average, which in turn keeps your bills low.

The average effective property tax rate in California is 0.73%. This compares well to the national average, which currently sits at 1.07%

California Property Tax Rate - personal property tax Records

California Property Tax Rate Info Records

California’s overall property taxes are below the national average. The average effective property tax rate in California is 0.73%, compared to the national rate, which sits at 1.07%.

Property taxes in California are applied to assessed values. Each county collects a general property tax equal to 1% of assessed value. This is the single largest tax, but there are other smaller taxes that vary by city and district.