COVID-19 Property Tax Penalty Cancellation

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE MERCED COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR

REQUEST FOR PENALTY CANCELLATION – COVID-19 IMPACT

On March 26, 2020, under authority of California Health and Safety Code, the Merced County Department of Public Health ordered individuals to comply with the Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom and the Merced County’s Health Officer. This has impaired the ability of some taxpayers to pay their taxes by the statutory deadlines.

In response, the Merced County Tax Collector has issued a Request for Penalty Cancellation – COVID-19 Impact form permissible under the California Revenue and Taxation Code § 4985.2 (a) which grants the Tax Collector authority to cancel penalties if “Failure to make a timely payment is due to reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the taxpayer’s control and occurred notwithstanding the exercise of ordinary care in the absence of willful neglect, ….”

To request a penalty cancellation form for COVID-19 impact, email Tarah.Hernandez@countyofmerced.com or contact our office during regular business hours Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, except holidays, at (209) 385-7592.