Besides the April 15 deadline to file income tax returns to the IRS, there's another tax day coming up: this Friday, April 10. That's when people who own homes have to pay the second installment of their property tax...unless the payment is included in their escrow accounts. Guy Fuson is the tax and license manager for Sacramento County.
"People can pay by mail up to the date of April 10th but it must be postmarked April 10th," says Fuson. "You can't just throw it in the mailbox and hope that it gets postmarked. If you're going to wait that late you really should take it into the post office and have it postmarked. People can also pay online on our website."
Tax collectors point out, the funds are so vital that there is no provision in California law allowing property owners to get a delay.
"We don't offer extensions," says Fuson. "Payments are due by April 10th. They have to be postmarked by that date. There is a 10 percent penalty on the tax amount due, plus a $15 charge. That could add up to quite a bit of money."
Fuson explains that property taxes pay for public services like education, police and fire protection and public health services.