Welcome to the Inyo County Treasurer-Tax Collector's website. I understand that this is a very stressful time, especially for those suffering direct impacts from this public health crisis, and my office is committed to helping in any way we can. Our Independence office continues to remain open to the public and is accepting payments. I also encourage you to use the online payments option through the County's website or your own banks online bill pay options. A friendly reminder, all of these local taxes provide critical support for the local hospitals, law enforcement, public health, fire response and so much more. I encourage those that have the ability to pay their property taxes to do so. Should you need penalty relief consideration, please complete the Penalty Waiver Form and return to my office. The COVID-19 penalty relief program was not extended by the Governor and is no longer in effect. The State Legislature is currently reviewing proposed legislation that would replace the Governor's Executive Order. I thank you for cooperation and understanding. In Solidarity, Alisha McMurtrie, Inyo County Treasurer-Tax Collector.
Instructions for completing and submitting the Penalty Cancellation Request Form.
- Step 1: Read the Important Information Section prior to completing this form.
- Step 2: Complete the Penalty Cancellation Request Form remembering to print and sign the application.
- Step 3: Attach all documentation that supports your claim. Approval or denial will be based upon this information.
- Step 4: Prepare two separate checks. One for the original amount of the property taxes due and the second for the amount of the penalties, costs and interest (if any) due. If your claim is approved, the penalty check will be returned to you. If your claim is denied, both payments will be processed.
- Step 5: Mail your Request Form, two checks, and supporting documentation top the address on the Claim Form, or remit payment online at www.inyocounty.us. If remitting payment online, please email the Request Form and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org important information
The California Revenue and Taxation Code (R&TC) grants the Treasurer and Tax Collector the authority to cancel penalties in limited circumstances. Below are examples of requests that the Tax Collector will deny if submitted for penalty cancellation review.
1. Requests that the Tax Collector consider the taxpayer's payment history.
The Tax Collector will deny a request to cancel a penalty based on a taxpayer's request to consider the taxpayer's positive payment history. The R&TC does not grant the Tax Collector the authority to consider a taxpayer's payment history, whether positive or negative, in determining whether or not to cancel a penalty.
2. Requests related to home banking or online bill payments.
The Tax Collector will deny a request to cancel a penalty related to a home banking or online bill payment that a taxpayer initiated prior to the delinquency date, which the Tax Collector received after the delinquency date. The reason for this is that the United States Postal Service does not postmark the envelopes used to remit payments from home banking and online bill payment services. In the absence of a postmark, the Tax Collector only considers the received date in determining if the payment is late and if the penalty applies. In the Annual Secured Property Tax Bill Insert the Tax Collector recommends to taxpayers that they not use this service for the reason stated above. Finally, some banks provide a disclosure on their online bill pay websites urging users not to use the service when making federal, state or local tax payments of any kind.
3. Requests related to use of a postage meter date on a payment envelope.
The Tax Collector will deny a request to cancel a penalty based on the payment envelope containing a postage meter date that is the delinquency date or a date prior to the delinquency date. The R&TC states that the remittance (payment) will be deemed received on the date shown by the United States Postal Service (USPS) cancellation mark stamped on the envelope. A postage meter is a mailing system, distinct from the mailing systems of the USPS, typically used by private businesses that prints postage directly on the envelope. A postage meter date is not a cancellation postmark the USPS stamps on an envelope. A postage meter date only indicates that the proper postage was paid; it is not evidence when someone deposits an item for mailing with the USPS.
4. Requests related to a taxpayer assertion that the taxpayer mailed the payment prior to the delinquency date with sufficient time for the United States Postal Service to deliver the payment prior to the delinquency date.
The Tax Collector will deny a request to cancel a penalty based on an assertion that the taxpayer mailed the payment “early enough” to allow the United States Postal Service sufficient time to deliver the payment prior to the delinquency date. The reason for this is that the R&TC states that the remittance will be deemed received on the date shown by the post office cancellation mark stamped on the envelope.
5. Requests related to the financial circumstances of the taxpayer, which prevented the taxpayer from paying the amount due prior to the delinquency date.
The Tax Collector will deny a request to cancel a penalty based on the financial circumstances of a taxpayer, which prevented the taxpayer from paying the amount due prior to the delinquency date. Under the R&TC, there is no provision to cancel penalties due to financial circumstances that prevented a timely payment.
6. Requests related to the non-receipt of property tax bill.
The Tax Collector will deny a request to cancel a penalty based on non-receipt of a property tax bill. Under the R&TC, there is no provision to cancel penalties imposed for failure to receive a tax bill.
7. Requests related to new home ownership and not understanding the property tax process.
The Tax Collector will deny a request to cancel a penalty based on a taxpayer not understanding the property tax process. The reason for this is that most real estate transactions occur through an escrow process where property tax information is provided.
8. Requests related to taxpayer errors submitting a payment through our online payment system.
Having read the information above and wish to proceed with your request for penalty cancellation, please click the link below to the form. Remember to complete, sign and include all applicable supporting documentation.
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