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December 10th is the Deadline on Property Taxes

December 10, 2010 is the last day to file for a Homeowners' Exemption that will reduce your 2010-11 property taxes by about $55, and by at least $70 every year thereafter. To qualify, you must own and occupy a property as your principal residence as of January 1, 2010, and not have a Homeowners’ Exemption on any other property. Information and claim forms for property located in Orange County are available by calling the Orange County Assessor at (714) 834-3821.

Disabled veterans may qualify for an exemption that could save them up to $1,700 per year on property taxes. A veteran who is rated 100% disabled due to a service-connected disability, or the unmarried surviving spouse of such a veteran may qualify. For information on Disabled Veterans’ Exemptions, please call the Orange County Assessor at (714) 834-5945.

If you moved and have a Homeowners’ Exemption on a property you own but no longer occupy, you may need to notify your local county assessor. If you moved in 2009, the deadline to terminate the Homeowners’ Exemption without penalty is December 10, 2010.