County of Marin - News Releases - Property Tax Deadline

For Immediate Release
December 01, 2016

First Installment of Property Taxes Due

Monday, December 12, is the last day to pay without penalty

San Rafael, CA – Monday, December 12, is the last day residents all around California can pay the first installment of the 2016-2017 property tax bill without penalty. Taxpayers are encouraged to pay early and avoid penalties.

Sandra Kacharos smiles from an information booth at the Civic Center that will serve as a property tax dropoff point.Sandra Kacharos, the County's Property Tax Division Chief, will open an express payment drop box for property taxes at the Civic Center's southern archway on December 9 and 12.

Payments sent by mail must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before December 12. Tax payments can be made online at or paid by phone at 800-985-7277.

For added convenience to residents, an express payment drop box will be located under the Marin County Civic Center’s southern archway at 3501 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael, on December 9 and 12. The hours of the Tax Collector’s Office (Suite 202) and the express payment drop box are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 9 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 12.

Taxpayers are encouraged to use the express payment drop box, pay online, by phone or by mail because of limited parking spaces at the Civic Center for those wishing to pay in person.

The Marin County Tax Collector’s Office, a division of the County Department of Finance, mailed 91,947 tax bills on Sept. 30, 2016.  Property owners who have not received a tax bill, especially those who have recently purchased real estate, should contact the Tax Collector’s Office as soon as possible. Parcel tax exemption information, including exemptions for seniors, is available at Eligibility for parcel tax exemptions is administered and determined by each taxing district.

Property Tax Postponement (PTP) is available for senior and disabled person. The State Controller’s Office began accepting new PTP applications October 1. To be eligible for PTP, you must:

  • Be at least 62, or blind, or have a disability;
  • Own and occupy the home as your primary place of residence;
  • Have a total household income of $35,500 or less; and
  • Have at least 40 percent equity in the property.

For more information on PTP, call 1-800-952-5661 or email


Roy Given

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 225
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7000

CRS Dial 711

Email: Roy Given