Treasurer-Tax Collector to Accept Penalty Cancellation Requests in Response to Coronavirus


UPDATE 3/27/20: San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister, in partnership with Supervisor Jim Desmond and Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom to ask that he expand property tax penalty cancellation criteria to include economic hardship caused by the coronavirus. Under current state law, our office cannot grant penalty cancellations due to economic hardship.


The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office understands and shares the public's concern about the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Many taxpayers have asked if we can postpone the April 10th tax deadline. However, state law governs when property taxes are due and payable. The second installment of property taxes is still due no later than April 10, 2020. 

For those who are directly impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to pay on time, they can file a penalty cancellation request. All such requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis after April 10. This will require documentation of how the taxpayer was impacted by the virus that interfered with their ability to deliver the payment by April 10 (e.g. hospitalization).  Requests will be approved as allowed by law.

 “San Diegans have stepped up to pay what they owe when they owe it, putting us above a 99% collection rate for the last five years,” said McAllister. “We hope they will do the same this year. We are all in this together. We suggest the public stays home, stays safe and pays online at with free e-check.”

Critical county, school and local city financial obligations are dependent on property taxes. They fund essential public services, including coronavirus response.

All Treasurer-Tax Collector branches are closed to the public, but our essential staff is still at work to answer calls, respond to emails, and process payments. No cash payments will be accepted, but those who must pay in cash can obtain a cashier’s check or money order, mail their payment and make sure it is postmarked on or before April 10 to 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, San Diego, CA 92101. Drop boxes will still be available outside all Treasurer-Tax Collector branches for those who must drop off a check payment.

Residents should stay up-to-date on ways to stay healthy, current closures, and the County’s coronavirus response at