People who own property damaged by this month’s wildfires have one year to apply for tax relief, the Board of Equalization said Thursday in a news release.
Fire victims are eligible for a program that temporarily reassesses their property to reflect a lower value based on its damaged condition.
Once the owner rebuilds, a county official restores the property to the assessment value it held before the fire.
To qualify, property owners must first file a claim with their county assessor. They must have experienced at least $10,000 in property damage to file for a reassessment.
Wildfire victims also can apply for a deferral of their next property tax payment without penalties or interest. That program is open to people who live in counties where the governor has declared a state of emergency. So far, that list includes Butte, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
For more information, go to the Board of Equalization’s website, boe.ca.gov.