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San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector (ATC) Ensen Mason today pointed out that the recent extension of the personal income tax filing deadline by the federal and California state governments to May 17, 2021, does not apply to County property tax payments.
“California state law sets the penalty deadline for payment of the second installment of property taxes as April 10 of each year, extended to April 12 this year because April 10 falls on a weekend,” explained Mason. “This deadline remains unchanged, and property taxes due must be paid by April 12, 2021, or a financial penalty will be imposed pursuant to law. I have no power to extend the April 12, 2021, property tax deadline and must comply with the law as written.”
Mason has created and implemented the most taxpayer friendly tax payment program in the state of California in the last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have always encouraged payment by mail, phone, and especially online for ease and convenience of payment,” noted Mason. “With new health and safety considerations brought about by COVID-19, we are emphasizing remote payment even more, while taking important steps in onsite customer service for those who desire to pay their property taxes in person. We now have computerized customer self-service kiosks and are placing them outside our building beginning Thursday, April 1, 2021. Taxpayers can look up their tax status, print a duplicate bill, pay it electronically on the spot, and then have the option of completing a customer service questionnaire at the end to rate our service and make suggestions for improvement, all on kiosks outside of our building, featuring instant and contactless service. We also have an express line so taxpayers whose payments are ready to go can simply place them in a drop box staffed by one of our customer service ambassadors at the street curb without even getting out of their cars.”
ATC is located at 268 W. Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please visit www.MyTaxCollector.com and follow ATC on social media, @SanBernardinoCountyATC, for the most up-to-date information.
The last day to file a claim for Unclaimed Property Tax Refunds in San Bernardino County is December 18, 2018 for refunds that were issued prior to August 25, 2014. These refunds are due to a reduction in assessed value after property taxes have been paid. Taxpayers were previously mailed refund claim forms that were never returned to our office for processing, or were mailed warrants that stale dated.
State law allows for property tax refunds that remain unclaimed after four years to be transferred to the County’s general fund if ordered by the Board of Supervisors. The unclaimed refunds that have exceeded the four year time limit will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on December 18, 2018 to obtain such approval.
Taxpayers have the ability to search for property tax refunds by the parcel number or property address and request a claim form at www.SBCounty.gov/ATC/Pirfnet or may contact the San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector at 909-382-3090.
April 10 marks the last day San Bernardino County property owners can pay the second installment of property taxes without penalty. Property taxes are the largest discretionary source of funding for the County, and a significant source of funding for school districts, community college districts, and special districts.
The Board of Supervisors today unanimously appointed Oscar Valdez to fill the remainder of Larry Walker’s term as the County’s Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector. Mr. Walker plans to retire on March 5.
“We believe the County is very fortunate to have someone with Mr. Valdez’s talent, experience, and knowledge of our County organization available to assume this great task at this time,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos.
The voter-approved County Charter states the only option for filling the remainder of Mr. Walker’s term was an appointment by the Board of Supervisors. Chairman Ramos and Vice Chairman Robert Lovingood were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to review applications for the position and make a recommendation to the Board. Seventeen people submitted applications for the appointment, nine of whom met the state-established minimum requirements for the position.
Chairman Ramos and Vice Chairman Lovingood opted to interview five of the nine based on their executive-level experience managing finances and investments for large public- and private-sector organizations.
“The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector is responsible for essentially all of the County’s financial and investment functions, so it is important that we have a seamless transition,” Chairman Ramos said, noting that Mr. Valdez was the only current County employee who applied for the appointment.
“Oscar Valdez not only meets and exceeds all of the qualifications for the position, but he has been Mr. Walker’s number-two person for almost five years, and is the only applicant who knows the position as well as Mr. Walker does,” Chairman Ramos said.
“The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector is in the midst of several important projects, chief among them the replacement of the County’s aging financial accounting system. It is vital to the County that these projects proceed without interruption. Mr. Valdez is the only applicant who is familiar with these projects,” Chairman Ramos said.
Mr. Valdez came to work for the County in February 2000 and has served as Assistant Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector since May 2011. He previously worked as a senior auditor and supervisor in the private sector, and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector is responsible for the investment of all County and School District funds within the County investment pool and associated banking services. The pool has assets of about $5 billion. The department also performs the accounting, reporting, and claims of all County financial activities to ensure sound financial management.
This department is also responsible for vendor payments, payroll services, the compilation of property tax rates, and revenue disbursements to taxing agencies
The department has a budget of nearly $40 million and 315 employees.
The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector (ATC) is pleased to announce the release of the County of San Bernardino’s FY 2014-15 Annual Financial Reports. Two separate reports are produced each year:
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) – This report presents a set of governmental financial statements comprising the financial report of the County of San Bernardino that complies with the accounting requirements promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) – This report provides you an opportunity to learn about the County’s current financial condition and economic outlook in an easy-to-read format. The report includes condensed and simplified information obtained from the County’s CAFR.
We encourage you to view these reports found on the Countyline Intranet Site at http://countyline.sbcounty.gov/acr/publications.asp. You are also able to access these reports on the ATC Internet Site at http://www.sbcounty.gov/ATC/Services/Documents.
San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker received two awards from the Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA) – a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) and an Award of Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR). Walker was also presented with the State Controller’s Award for Counties Financial Transactions Reporting for achieving the highest quality in California governmental accounting and financial reporting. All three awards were presented to Walker at today’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting.
The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945. The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office has received this award for the 26th consecutive year. The GFOA established the CAFR Program to encourage state and local governments to prepare their comprehensive annual financial reports in a manner that exceeds the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), while maintaining the spirit of transparency and full disclosure of content within the report. Reports are reviewed by members of the GFOA staff and the GFOA’s Special Review Committee. The Committee is comprised of individuals with expertise in public-sector financial reporting.
The Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards Program was established in 1991 by GFOA. The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office has received this award for the 8th consecutive year, recognizing its efforts to develop accounting transparency for average citizens by producing the County’s financial report in an easy-to-understand format. Popular annual financial reports are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in governmental accounting and financial reporting.
“I am honored to receive these awards, and extremely proud of my staff for their continued hard work and dedication,” Walker said. “This affirms my commitment to develop the County’s financial information in a manner that our citizens’ understand, while in a transparent, easily accessible, and understandable format.”
For additional information, or to view the County’s financial reports, please visit www.sbcounty.gov/atc.
The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector is pleased to announce the release of the County of San Bernardino’s fiscal year 2013-14 Annual Financial Reports. Two separate reports are produced each year:
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – This report presents a set of governmental financial statements comprising the financial report of the County of San Bernardino that complies with the accounting requirements promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
Popular Annual Financial Report – This report provides you an opportunity to learn about the County’s current financial condition and economic outlook in an easy-to-read format. The report includes condensed and simplified information obtained from the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
We encourage you to view these reports and past reports here: http://www.sbcounty.gov/ATC/Services/Documents.
Larry Walker was sworn in today as the County’s Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector. Walker has served in this office since December, 1998, following his election in June 1998. He was re-elected in 2002 and 2006, 2010, and 2014.
Walker also served as County Recorder and County Clerk from 1998 to 2011. Prior to that, Walker was elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 1986, 1990 and 1994, and served as Chair of the Board from 1991 to 1993. Walker has also served as elected Mayor of Chino from 1980 to 1986, and as a City Council member from 1978 to 1980.
Bob Dutton was sworn in today as the County’s Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk.
Dutton won his first election to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000.
In 2002, Dutton was elected to the State Assembly. In 2004, he successfully ran for the State Senate where he represented portions of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
Michael A. Ramos was sworn in today as the County’s District Attorney. Ramos’ government service began in 1980, where he started as a group counselor with the Probation Department and then later became a Probation Officer. He started his career with the District Attorney’s Office in June 1989 as a Deputy District Attorney.
In addition to his work in general prosecution and the narcotics unit, he served with the Major Crimes Unit for four years, until 2002, when he was first elected District Attorney for San Bernardino County.
Making a payment is simple for taxpayers who have the option of paying online, by mail, or in person. Payments can be made online at www.MyTaxCollector.com, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, free of charge, using a checking or savings account. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit card payments are also accepted, and include a convenience fee charged by the issuing bank.
If using online bill pay through a banking institution, taxpayers should contact their bank regarding procedures for ensuring timely payment of taxes and their bank’s use of USPS cancellation marks. These transactions often result in a mailed check, and payments received after December 10, 2014, without a USPS cancellation mark are considered late and incur a penalty.
Mailed payments should be sent to SBC Tax Collector, 172 West Third Street, First Floor, San Bernardino, California, 92415. Only payments with a USPS postmark cancellation on or before December 10, 2014 are considered timely. Payments in person can be made by cash, check, credit card, or money order at 172 West Third Street in San Bernardino, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Payments by check or credit card will also be accepted at the High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree Street in Hesperia, from December 1 through December 10, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“Property tax dollars are used to fund key public services that enhance the quality of life for our residents,” said Walker. “I want to encourage property owners to do what they can to pay their property taxes by the December 10 due date to prevent incurring costly penalties that come with late payments. Taxpayers can take advantage of our online payment option at www.MyTaxCollector.com – it’s easy, secure, and Simply A Better Way To Do Business®!”
Property tax revenues collected by the Tax Collector are distributed to local government entities, including school districts, cities, libraries, special districts, and the County. These tax dollars are used to fund key public services including education, police and fire protection, social and public health services.