Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Property Tax Annotations
220.0000 CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP
220.0540 Penalty for Failure to File Statement.
1. The penalty under Revenue and Taxation Code section 482 for failure to file a change in ownership statement is mandatory upon the expiration of the 45-day period. However, a penalty may be cancelled by the board of supervisors for excusable delay.
2. The penalty under section 482 is the only penalty authorized for failure to file a statement and may only be applied once. However, if a property transfers more than once during an assessment year, a penalty applies to each instance of noncompliance in reporting the transfers. In addition, an assessor may require an owner of real property to file a property statement, and under Revenue and Taxation Code section 484 failure to comply is subject to penalty as provided in Revenue and Taxation Code section 462.
3. The penalty will be based upon the taxes applicable to the interest transferred during the tax year (July 1 to June 30) in which the 45-day period under section 482 expires. When only a portion of a property changes ownership, the taxes on the roll must be prorated to determine the amount of the penalty.
4. Penalty enrollment procedures are as follows:
(a) If, on the expiration of the 45-day period under section 482, the then owner of the property is the person who failed to file the statement, the penalty should be added to the roll prepared for the fiscal year during which the 45-day period expires; except that if the 45-day period expires during the period March 1 through June 30 of any assessment year, the assessor has the option of adding the penalty to the roll then being prepared.
(b) If, on the expiration of the 45-day period under section 482, the then owner of the property is not the person who failed to file the statement, the penalty should be added to the unsecured roll in the name of the person who was required by law to file the statement. The option in (a), above, as to which secured roll may be used, is likewise applicable to selection of the unsecured roll. LTA 2/8/1980 (No. 80/19); LTA 6/27/1980 (No. 80/102).