General Information about your Taxes

Remember, failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the responsibility for payment,
nor does it constitute any cause for cancellation of penalty, interest or cost charges.


Tax Payer Rights:

If you disagree with the valuation placed on your property, you may take the matter up with the Assessor (530 527-5931) to see if that office will change the valuation. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors has established an Assessment Appeals Board for the purpose of resolving valuation problems. Appeals on regular assessments must be filed each year between July 2 and November 30 (valuation information is available July 1 at the Assessor's Office). Appeals on corrected assessments, escaped assessments (assessments that did not take place when they should have), or supplemental assessments must be filed no later than 60 days from the mailing date of the corrected, escaped, or supplemental tax bill.

If you choose to appeal your assessment, you should still pay your tax installments in full by the appropriate deadlines; otherwise, you may incur penalties while the case is in appeals. If your appeal is granted, a refund will be issued to you.

Appeals applications and further information about the appeals process can be obtained by calling (530) 527-5931 or writing to the Clerk of the Board of Equalization's Office at 633 Washington Street, Room 12, County Courthouse. You can also receive the application by mail at PO Box 250, Red Bluff, CA 96080.

New Owner Information:

As a new owner, you are responsible for any taxes that were not paid as of the time escrow closed. Even though taxes are prorated between the buyer and seller during escrow and proper credit is given to each, the actual taxes may not have been paid to the Tax Collector by that time. You should read your escrow papers and/or title report to determine if any portion of the annual taxes were paid by the previous owner before the close of escrow.

Annual tax bills, which can be paid in two installments, are mailed once a year by November 1. Since the bill contains payment stubs for both installments, this is the only bill regularly mailed each year by the Tax Collector. Depending on when the ownership change is placed on the tax roll, the annual tax bill could be sent either to the previous owner or directly to you. If there are any remaining unpaid taxes, and if you did not receive an annual tax bill from either the previous owner or the Tax Collector, you should contact the Tax Collector immediately and request one. It is your responsibility to obtain the bill. State law stipulates that failure to receive a bill does not permit the Tax Collector to excuse penalties on late payments.

In addition to annual taxes, you will probably be responsible for paying Supplemental Property Taxes. Any time property is sold or improved, the value of the property is reassessed. If the property has been reassessed at a higher value, you will receive one or more supplemental tax bills in addition to the annual bill mentioned above. If the property has been reassessed at a lower value, you will receive a refund.

Property Tax Information:

Secured Property Tax (homes, real estate, commercial property, etc.)

  • Bills mailed by November 1.
  • 1st installment is due November 1st and a late penalty of 10% attaches if payment is made after December 10th.
  • 2nd installment is due February 1st and a late penalty and $20.00 cost fee attaches if payment is made after April 10th.

A copy of your tax bills is available online. Please contact our office to obtain a copy of your tax bill if you are not able to print one online. Failure to receive a tax bill does not provide a basis for excusing penalties. If you purchased real property in Tehama County in the last 6 months, please check your taxes to make sure that your payment is current.

If you elect to pay your installments separately, you must retain your original bill to submit with the 2nd installment payment. Our office will not send a reminder notice for the 2nd installment.

Unsecured Property Tax (business equipment, boats, etc.)

  • Bills mailed in July.
  • One installment is due when billed and a late penalty of 10% attaches if payment is made after August 31st.
  • Additional penalties of 1.5% per month and additional fees attach after October 31 if the taxes remain unpaid.

Supplemental Property Tax (reappraisal due to new construction or change of ownership).

  • Bills mailed throughout the year.
  • Due dates vary and are based on the billing date.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is my tax rate?

The Tax Rate Schedule is available online. Generally speaking, the basic tax rate is 1% of the assessed value.

When are property taxes due?

The first installment of your property taxes is due November 1st and is delinquent after December 10th. A 10% penalty is added after that date. When the delinquent date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the time of delinquency is 5:00 pm the next business day. Your second installment is due February 1st and is delinquent after April 10th. After April 10th an additional 10% plus $20.00 is added to your second installment. After June 30th unpaid property taxes will incur additional penalties. If you have questions regarding the assessed value of your property, please contact the Tehama County Assessor's office at (530) 527-5931.

If you purchased real property in Tehama County in the last 6 months, please check your taxes to make sure that your payment is current.

What should I do if I don't receive a tax bill?

Tax bills are available online. With your parcel number, you can print a copy of your current tax bill, your prior years tax bill and view the status of your secured taxes online. Information is updated at the end of each month and at December 10th and April 10th.

Frequently, a new property owner's regular tax bill is sent to the previous owner because the Tax Collector's Office is unaware the property has been sold. Regardless of the reason, if you do not receive a tax bill by November 10th, print a copy online or contact this office at (530) 527-4535 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to include your Assessors Parcel Number (APN) and the address where you would like the bill mailed.

Where do I make my payment?

Payments may be made by personal check postmarked, or otherwise received by the due date, or by cash at our office counter. If you are mailing your payment please send it to: Tehama County Tax Collector PO Box 769, Red Bluff, CA 96080. If you would like to come to the office to make your payments, we are located at: 444 Oak Street Room D, Red Bluff, CA 96080.

How can I obtain a receipt of payment?

If you are paying by mail, enclose the entire bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Always send tax stub(s) to indicate the parcels you are paying.

How do I change the mailing address on my tax bill?

The Assessor is responsible for all property transfers and for address changes. Please complete the REQUEST FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM and send it to: Tehama County Assessor, PO Box 428, Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 527-5931, Fax (530) 529-4019.

What does Tax Defaulted mean?

Tax Defaulted means there is a delinquent tax against the property. We prepare an annual list of property which is "tax defaulted" at the end of the fiscal year (June 30th). This list is published in the Red Bluff Daily News on or about the first week in September of the following year. If the "Tax Defaulted" notation is printed on your bill, it is an indication that the Tax Collector shows delinquent taxes for a prior year. Five years after the first year of delinquency, the property will be eligible for sale at public auction, and will be subsequently sold if the taxes are not paid.

When and where is the public auction of tax defaulted property?

The Tax Collector's auction of tax-defaulted property is held in the spring each year. The list of parcels scheduled for sale is available approximately 30 days before the scheduled sale at Bid4Assets.


Remember, failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the responsibility for payment,
nor does it constitute any cause for cancellation of penalty, interest or cost charges.