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Posted on: April 26, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Monthly Payment of Annual Property Tax Made Simple

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Would it help you to pay in monthly payments? 


Unfortunately, our legacy tax systems cannot accept more than the two installments included with your annual property tax bill each year.  However, there may be other solutions for you to consider: 


Call your lender and Get Set up on an Impound Account. Many times, you can adjust your monthly mortgage payment through your lender to include your yearly property taxes. These amounts are added as part of your mortgage payment and then paid by your lender directly to our office on the required due dates. Banks will do this at no cost to you. 


Set up a savings account with your bank. Open a savings account with your bank in which to make monthly installments toward your property taxes. To your current total tax amount, add about 3% to allow for rising valuations and voter approved measures that may show up on next year's bill. Divide that amount by 12 and put that amount into your interest earning savings account each month. You can then use the money set aside in the account to pay your property tax payments when due. There should be no cost to you, and you can also make a little interest as the money sits in the account. 


Use a service like Easy Smart Pay. This is a new service that you can use to pay your secured property tax monthly via an ACH payment or a credit card (does not apply to supplemental property tax). The fee currently being charged is 1.99%. This rate is subject to change and it is provided by an outside vendor to facilitate your payment should you be unable to pay the taxes in two installments. When taxes are due and if you have paid the total amount due over this period, they will forward the payment to us on your behalf. This service is endorsed by us but is not affiliated with Contra Costa County. 

Easy Smart Pay Disclaimer Notice   The Treasurer- Tax Collector has partnered with Easy Smart Pay, a third-party vendor, to provide a monthly payment option for property taxes. Easy Smart Pay is a private business, by clicking below you will leave the Contra Costa County Treasurer- Tax Collector’s website and be redirected to Easy Smart Pay’s website.  Easy Smart Pay is not under the control of the Contra Costa County Treasurer- Tax Collector. We are not an agent for Easy Smart Pay. Easy Smart Pay is a third-party and the County makes no representation or warranty regarding the accuracy of the information contained in Easy Smart Pay’s sites. We suggest that you always verify the information obtained from any linked websites before acting upon the information. Please be aware that the security and privacy policies on these sites may differ from our policies, so please read third-party privacy and security policies closely. By continuing to a third-party site, you agree to be bound by the policies and terms of use for that site.  If you have any questions or concerns about the products and services offered by Easy Smart Pay, please contact them directly.

Regardless of what option you choose, please remember the due dates are still November 1st, delinquent after December 10th,  and February 1st, delinquent after April 10th. These dates apply to regular secured property taxes and not necessarily supplemental property taxes.

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