Tax Assistance Programs

Tax Assistance Programs for Senior Citizens and Blind/Disabled Persons

Property Tax Postponement

The State Controller’s Office (SCO) administers the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program, which allows eligible homeowners to postpone payment of current-year property taxes on their primary residence.  

A postponement of property taxes is a deferment of current-year property taxes that must eventually be repaid. Repayment is secured by a lien against the property.  

Funding is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Due to funding limitations, all who qualify may not be approved.  

Eligibility Requirements: To qualify, you must meet all of the following criteria for every year in which postponement of property taxes is desired:

• Be at least 62 years of age, or blind, or disabled;

• Own and occupy the real property as your principal place of residence (floating homes and house boats are not eligible);

• Have a total household income of $45,000 or less;

• Have at least 40 percent equity in the property; and

• Not have a reverse mortgage on the property.

Claim forms or information regarding Property Tax Postponement may be obtained by telephoning the State Controller's Office at 1-800-952-5661, or on the Internet at http://www.sco.ca.gov.