Defaulted Bills Being Mailed to Over 28K Property Taxpayers


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SAN DIEGO, CA, August 9, 2023 – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced that this week his office has begun mailing defaulted tax bills to property owners who have prior year unpaid property taxes.  

The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office (TTC) sent reminder notices to late taxpayers in May, warning them that they will have to pay more if their taxes go into default. The 28,912 parcels that remained unpaid will receive their defaulted bill in the coming week.   

“We work hard to inform homeowners of the late fees that incur as a result of nonpayment, warning them along the way that additional penalties are coming,” said McAllister. “Our annual collection rate is right around 99%, which shows that the majority of San Diegans pay on time. For those who still owe, paying online at is fast and free.”   

The defaulted bills total over $170 million. The deadline to pay the 2022-2023 annual tax bill was June 30. Per California Revenue and Taxation Code, beginning July 1, each late bill will incur a 1.5% penalty each month (18% per annum) that it remains unpaid. That is on top of the 10% penalty added for each late installment.   

Threat of increased penalties is not the only incentive for people to pay their taxes. Under California State law, the Tax Collector may sell any or all portions of properties that have been in default for five or more years.McAllister encouraged taxpayers to make future payments via the free e-check payment system at

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