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What happens if I fail to pay my Riverside County property taxes on time?

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If you do not pay the first installment of your annual Riverside County (CA) tax bill by 5 p.m. on December 10, then that installment becomes delinquent, and a 10% delinquent penalty is incurred.

If you fail to pay the second installment by 5 p.m. on April 10, it becomes delinquent and a 10% penalty on the unpaid taxes as well as an administrative charge of $38.63 are added.

Likewise, if you fail to pay any supplemental tax bill installment by the applicable delinquency date, the same penalties and charges accrue as for delinquent annual taxes.

If there are ANY unpaid taxes as of 5 p.m. on June 30, then the property becomes tax defaulted. Once the property has become tax defaulted, a redemption fee of $36.77 and additional penalties begin to accrue at the rate of 1-1/2% per month of the unpaid taxes. This monthly penalty is added at 5 p.m. on the last day of each month (or the following business day if the last day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday).

Who collects my property taxes?

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Property taxes are collected by the county, although they are governed by California State Law. The Tax Collector of Riverside County collects taxes on behalf of the following entities: the county, most of the county's incorporated cities, school districts and all other taxing agencies located in the county, including special districts (e.g., flood control districts, sanitation districts). Upon collection of these taxes by the county, appropriate distribution is made to the various taxing agencies by the County Auditor-Controller

How is the amount of my property taxes determined?

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In order for the amount of your taxes to be determined, the Riverside County Assessor first determines the value of your property. Generally, the assessed value is the cash or market value at the time of purchase. This value increases not more than 2% per year until the property is sold or any new construction is completed, at which time it must be reassessed. 

After the Assessor has determined the property value, the Auditor-Controller applies the appropriate tax rates, which include the general tax levy, locally voted special taxes, and any city or district direct assessments. The general tax levy is determined in accordance with State law and is limited to $1 per $100 of assessed value of your property. After applying the tax rates against the assessed value, the Auditor-Controller calculates the total tax amount. Finally, the Riverside County Tax Collector prepares property tax bills based on the Auditor-Controller's calculations, distributes the bills, and then collects the taxes. 

Do I have any recourse if I disagree with the valuation placed on my property by the Riverside County Assessor?

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Yes. You may take the matter up with the Assessor to see if that office will change the valuation. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors has established an Assessment Appeals Board for the purpose of resolving valuation problems. Appeals on regular assessments must be filed each year between July 2 and November 30 (valuation information is available July 1 at the Assessor's regional offices). Appeals on corrected assessments and escaped assessments (assessments that did not take place when they should have) must be filed no later than 60 days from the mailing date on the corrected or escaped tax bill. For supplemental assessments, appeals must be filed within 60 days of the mailing of the Assessor's "Notice of Supplemental Assessment".

If you choose to appeal your assessment, you should still pay your tax installments in full by the appropriate deadlines; otherwise, you may incur penalties while the case is in appeals. If your appeal is granted, a refund will be issued to you. Appeals applications and further information about the appeals process can be obtained by calling (951) 955-1060 or writing to Assessment Appeals Board, P.O. Box 1147, Riverside, CA 92502-1147 or on their web site here.

When are annual property tax bills mailed in Riverside County?

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Riverside County Annual Property tax bills are mailed each year on or before November 1. If you do not receive your annual tax bill by November 1, you should request one by contacting the Treasurer- Tax Collector's Office. You will need your assessment number, which you can find on a previous year's tax bill, or the address of the property. 

What happens if I fail to pay my delinquent property taxes in Riverside County?

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Property taxes in Riverside County can remain unpaid for a maximum of five years following their tax default, at which time your property becomes subject to the power of sale. This means that after giving official notice of the pending sale, the property will be sold at a public auction or acquired by a public agency if you do not pay the taxes before the date on which the property is offered for sale or acquisition.

Where can I find the list of all guidance documents issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)?

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You can find all the guidance documents issued by CDPH here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx

Where can I find daily updates issued by the CDPH?

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You can follow the daily updates on COVID-19 issued by CDPH here.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Who can register to vote?

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To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
  • Not prohibited from voting by a court because of mental incompetency 

What do I need to register online?

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To register online, you will need:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  • The last four digits of your social security number and
  • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.

Will a minor need a REAL ID card to board a domestic flight?

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TSA does not require children (under 18) to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. The companion will need acceptable identification. For a current list, visit TSA’s website at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.

Is REAL ID mandatory?

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No. The federal compliant REAL ID driver license or ID card is optional.

If you have a valid U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, military ID, or other federally approved identification, you may use this it as your form of identification to board a domestic flight or enter certain federal facilities after the new federal requirements begin October 1, 2020.  

If you know you will not be boarding a domestic flight or visiting a secure federal facility or military base, you do not need a REAL ID driver license or ID card.

You do not need a REAL ID driver license or ID card to do any of the following:

  • Apply for or receive federal benefits (Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.)
  • Enter a post office or other federal facility that does not require identification.
  • Visit a hospital or receive life-saving services
  • Ride Amtrak or other public ground transportation

You will need a REAL ID driver license or ID card if you want to continue using your driver license or ID card to do any of the following:

  • Board a domestic flight starting October 1, 2020.
  • Enter secure federal facilities or military bases starting October 1, 2020. (Note: Check with the federal facility/military base before your visit to verify their identification requirements.)
  • Purchase firearms or ammunition. (Note: Check with the firearms dealer you plan to visit to verify their identification requirements)

What are the eligibility requirements to file Unemployment Insurance Claim in the State of California?

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To receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit payments in California, you must meet all eligibility requirements when filing a claim and when certifying for benefits. 

When filing for UI benefits in California, you must have earned enough wages during the base period to establish a claim, and be:

  • Totally or partially unemployed.
  • Unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • Physically able to work.
  • Available for work.
  • Ready and willing to accept work immediately.
  • Actively looking for work.

A base period is a specific 12-month term the EDD uses to see if you earned enough wages to establish a UI claim. 

How much UI claim can I receive in the State of California?

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In the state of California, your weekly UI benefit amount can range from $40 to $450 per week. The California Economic Development Department will verify your eligibility and wage information to determine your weekly benefit amount (WBA).

You can also get an estimate using this UI calculator

How to Renew Business License Online in the City of Riverside?

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How to Pay Utility Bill Online in the City of Riverside?

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How to Pay for Parking Citation Online in the City of Riverside?

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How to File a Police Report Online in the City of Riverside?

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How to Apply for a Business License Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for a Business License Online here.

How to Register for Recreational Activity/Class Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Register for Recreational Activity/Class Online here.

How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Pay for Traffic Citation Online here.

How to Pay Property Taxes Online in the City of Riverside?

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How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Riverside?

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How to Apply for SNAP Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for SNAP Online here.

How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Register to Vote Online here.

How to Pay State Income Taxes Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Pay State Income Taxes Online here.

How to Apply for Real ID Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Real ID Online here.

How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Claim Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Claim Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

How to Renew Drivers License Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Drivers License Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Riverside?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

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