Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Revenue and Taxation Code
Part 2. Assessment
CHAPTER 1. Taxation Base
Article 1. Taxable and Exempt Property
213.7. Volunteer fire department property. (a) As used in Section 214, "property used exclusively for religious, hospital, scientific or charitable purposes" shall include the property of a volunteer fire department that is used exclusively for volunteer fire department purposes, provided that the department qualifies for exemption either under Section 23701d or 23701f of this code or under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This section shall not be construed to enlarge the "welfare exemption" to apply to organizations qualified under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, but not otherwise qualified for the "welfare exemption" under other provisions of this code.
(b) As used in this section, "volunteer fire department" means any fund, foundation or corporation regularly organized for volunteer fire department purposes, that qualified as an exempt organization on or before January 1, 1969, either under Section 23701d or 23701f of this code or under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, having official recognition and full or partial support of the government of the county, city, or district in which the volunteer fire department is located, and that has functions having an exclusive connection with the prevention and extinguishing of fires within the area of the county, city, or district extending official recognition for the benefit of the public generally and to lessen the burdens of the entity of government which would otherwise be obligated to furnish such fire protection.
(c) For purposes of subdivision (a), an organization shall not be deemed to be qualified as an exempt organization unless the organization files with the assessor a valid organizational clearance certificate issued pursuant to Section 254.6.
History.—Added by Stats. 1968, p. 238, in effect November 13, 1968. Stats. 1969, p. 487, in effect November 10, 1969, added the language in the first sentence following the semicolon, the second sentence and the second paragraph. Stats. 1986, Ch. 1457, effective January 1, 1987, added the subdivision letters; added "either" after "exemption" in the first sentence of the first paragraph, and added "either" after "1969," in the first sentence of the second paragraph of subdivision (a); and added subdivision (b). Stats. 1990, Ch. 126, in effect June 11, 1990, substituted a comma for a semicolon before "provided", deleted "of 1954" before "This section" in the first paragraph of subdivision (a) and deleted "of 1954" before "having official" in the second paragraph of subdivision (a). Stats. 2003, Ch. 471 (SB 1062), in effect January 1, 2004, substituted "that" for "which" after "department" in the first sentence of subdivision (a); designated the former second paragraph of subdivision (a) as subdivision (b) and substituted "the" for "such" after "district in which", added a comma after "city" twice, and substituted "that" for "which" twice therein; and relettered former subdivision (b) as subdivision (c) and substituted "a valid organizational clearance certificate issued pursuant to Section 254.6" for "duplicate copies of a valid, unrevoked letter or ruling from either the Franchise Tax Board or, in the alternative, the Internal Revenue Service, which states that the organization qualifies as an exempt organization under the appropriate provisions of the Bank and Corporation Tax Law or the Internal Revenue Code" after "with the assessor" in the first sentence therein.