New Homeowners

Important Dates

Understanding Postmarks

Request for Penalty Cancellation

Address Change Form

Main Phone
(559) 852-2479
Fax Number
(559) 582-1236

Office Location
Government Center-Bldg. 7
1400 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230

Mailing Address

Kings County Tax Collector
1400 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Make Checks Payable to:
Kings County Tax Collector

Acceptable Payment Methods
Cash, Check, Money order & Cashiers Check
NO DEBIT/CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

 

Secured Taxes

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SECURED PROPERTY TAX BILLS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE.  PLEASE CONTACT THE TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR BILL AT (559) 852-2479.

Secured property taxes are those taxes that are assessed against real property, such as; land, lots, homes, pools, offices, orchards, etc. The tax is a lien that is "secured" by the land/structure even though no document is officially recorded. This means that if the taxes remain unpaid after a period of 5 years, the property may be sold to cover the taxes owed.

Secured tax bills are mailed on or about November 1st annually and are due before December 10th and April 10th each year.  If you have not received your tax bill(s) by November 10th, please contact us at (559) 852-2479.  Please provide us with the Assessor's Parcel Number (APN or Fee Number), if possible.  Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the responsibility for payment, nor constitute cause for cancellation of penalty and/or cost charges if the tax bill becomes delinquent.

Avoid Penalties

Make sure you receive bills for all property that you own.  Keep track of all parcel numbers, i.e. 018-076-700-000.  Check off the bills as you receive them and email or call the Tax Collector's office at (559) 852-2479 if you are missing any bills.  Please allow 15 days for mailing.  Remember: Under California Law, it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to obtain all tax bill(s) and to make timely payment.  

Mail your property tax payments early to make sure that the envelope is postmarked on or before December 10th and April 10th.  By paying your taxes on time, you save the following penalties required by California law:

  • A 10% penalty added as of 5:00 p.m. on December 10th
  • A 10% penalty and $20.00 cost added as of 5:00 p.m. on April 10th. 
  • At the end of the fiscal year (June 30th), a $30.00 redemption fee and a 1.5% per month (18% per annum) penalty is added on the unpaid tax amount.  If a "prior year delinquent taxes" message appears on your tax bill, you may have unpaid taxes for prior years.  Substantial savings in penalties can be achieved by paying any prior year back taxes or by initiating a five-year installment plan of redemption.

Tax Bill Amounts

Tax amounts are determined by the tax rates and values.  Tax rates are set by the Board of Supervisors and are calculated in accordance with Article 13(a) of the Constitution of the State of California, and presented in percentage of value.  

Taxes are levied on property as it exists on January 1st at 12:01 a.m. annually.  Improvement valuations on the bill cover buildings, pools, fixtures, etc.  

New Homeowner Information

If you are a new homeowner, please click here to view our Message to New Homeowners which provides additional property tax information.

Important Property Tax Dates

Annually the State Board of Equalization (BOE) compiles a list of significant dates for California property taxes that affect property owners.  To see the schedule on the BOE site, please click here.  We have compiled a listing for Kings County property owners, but please note that this is a partial list and is intended to be used only as a general guide.  Important Property Tax Dates

How do I find out if I am entitled to a homeowner's exemption?

Information regarding homeowner's and other exemptions can be obtained by calling the office of the Kings County Assessor at (559) 852-2486.

 

What additional tax assistance programs are offered by the State?

The State of California administers programs that provide property tax assistance and postponement of property taxes to qualified homeowners and renters who are 62 or older, blind, or disabled.  For information on the State's Homeowner or Renter Assistance Program, call the Franchise Tax Board at (800) 852-5711.  For information on the Property Tax Postponement Program, call the State Controller at (800) 952-5661.

Change of Address Request

The secured bills are mailed out to the last known address.  Initially, the addresses in our system come from the recorded deed at the time of ownership change.  In order to ensure you receive your property tax bill, you may need to update your address with the Assessor's office by calling (559) 852-2486.  They will require a signature from the owner in order to update the address.  You may also print and complete the form by clicking here.  Address changes should be mailed to the Kings County Assessor's office, 1400 W. Lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230.  

Where do my Property Tax Dollars go?

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The term "Secured" simply means taxes that are assessed against real property, (e.g., land or structures). The tax is a lien that is "secured" by the land/structure even though no document was officially recorded. This means that if the taxes remain unpaid after a period of 5 years, the property may be sold to cover the taxes owed.

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