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About California Property Tax Assessment
California Property Tax, a California State Board of Equalization publication, provides an overview of property tax assessment in California. It is designed to give readers a general understanding of California’s property tax system. The publication begins with a brief history of Proposition 13, which since 1978 has been the foundation of California’s property tax system. It then discusses the roles of key players in property tax assessment—California voters, the Legislature, the State Board of Equalization, and county assessors. It explains which types of property are subject to taxation and which are exempt. It addresses the issue of where property should be assessed. It discusses the annual process of preparing the property tax rolls, the procedure for challenging an assessment, and the process for collecting property taxes. Finally, it covers the yield tax on timber at the time of its harvest.
Although the California Property Tax publication is periodically updated, the laws and rules concerning property tax assessment are continually modified. Therefore, we caution you to consult appropriate sections of the Revenue and Taxation Code and related codes and property tax regulations in order to have the most current information.