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California Governor Signs Executive Order to Address COVID-19 Impacts

Tax Development Aug 19, 2020

California Governor, Gavin Newsom, signs executive order addressing certain property tax requirements impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 31, 2020, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, signed an executive order addressing certain property tax requirements impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends the deadline for county assessment appeal boards to issue a decision on pending tax assessment appeals filed on or before March 4, 2020 to January 31, 2021. The pandemic caused cancellations at county appeal boards. Those cancellations created a risk that an appeal, without a waiver, would not be heard within the statutory two-year period. If that were to occur, the applicant’s opinion of value on the appeal application would be enrolled.

This order follows Newsom’s “state of emergency” order earlier this year, which our experts highlighted in a previous development. The closure of county facilities has required the postponement of scheduled appeal hearings and increased the backlog of appeals in some jurisdictions. As the economic damage created by the pandemic continues to evolve, the impact on existing property tax valuations merits review. Ryan is available to consult with clients on their individual circumstances. The experts at Ryan remain committed to closely monitoring legislative developments and communicating changes stemming from the pandemic. Please check back regularly on our COVID-19 Tax Updates site.

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