California Property Tax Relief For Fire Victims

Dear California Fire Victims,

Please read this important message from Diane Harkey with the California State Board of Equalization.

Have you or a loved one been affected by the recent fires in California?
My team is here to help with property tax relief!

My office stands with our neighbors and friends affected by the recent wildfires, and we are available to help. First and foremost, we hope for the safety of everyone, including our first responders battling fires across the state.

While property tax may be the least of your worries right now, please know that we are watching this issue for you. When the time comes, when everyone is safe, my team and I are here to help you obtain tax relief until you rebuild.

If your property has been damaged by the recent fires, you may be eligible for property tax relief. In many cases, the damaged property can be reappraised in its current condition, with some taxes refunded to the property owner. Once rebuilt, the property’s pre-damaged value will be restored.

To qualify for property tax relief, you must file a claim with your county assessors’ office within 12 months from the date of damage or destruction. The loss estimate must be at least $10,000 of current market value to qualify.

Owners of eligible property may also apply for deferral of the next property tax installment on the regular secured roll or tax payments on the supplemental roll, without penalties or interest. The disaster must be the result of a Governor-proclaimed state of emergency. When a timely claim for deferral is filed, the next property tax installment payment is deferred without penalty or interest until the county assessor has reassessed the property and a corrected tax bill has been sent to the property owner.

For further information on property tax disaster relief, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the Board of Equalization’s website (

If you have questions or need help walking through this process, please call my team at (916) 323-9794 or email me directly at


California State Board of Equalization
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2580, Sacramento, CA 95814