Due Dates - Understanding Postmarks


Property tax payments must be received or postmarked by the delinquency date to avoid penalties.  If a payment is received after the delinquency date, with no postmark, the payment is considered late and penalties will be imposed, in accordance with State law.  The 1st installment will be imposed a 10% penalty and the 2nd installment will be imposed a 10% penalty and a $20 cost.  For example, if the amount due for the 1st installment is $2,000, a 10% penalty of $200 will be imposed.  If the amount due for the 2nd installment is $2,000, a 10% penalty of $200 and a $20 cost (total $220) will be imposed.                                        

POSTMARKS are imprints on letters, flats, and parcels that show the name of the United States Postal Service (USPS) office that accepted custody of the mail, along with the state, the zip code, and the date of mailing.  The postmark is generally applied, either by machine or by hand, with cancellation bars to indicate that the postage cannot be reused.                                        

Taxpayers who send their payments by mail are cautioned that the USPS only postmarks certain mail depending on the type of postage used, and may not postmark mail on the same day deposited by a taxpayer.                                        

Postage that IS postmarked:                                         

  • STANDARD POSTAGE STAMPS: Stamps purchased and affixed to mail as evidence of the payment of postage.

Postage that IS NOT postmarked:                                         

  • METERED MAIL: Mail on which postage is printed directly on an envelope or label by a postage machine licensed by the USPS.  Many private companies use these types of postage machines.

  • PRE-CANCELED STAMP: Stamps sold through a private vendor, such as stamps.com®.

  • AUTOMATED POSTAL CENTER (APC) STAMPS: Stamps, with or without a date, purchased from machines located within a USPS lobby.

  • PERMIT IMPRINT: Pre-sorted mail used by bill pay services, such as online home banking.

If you use these types of postage, the USPS will NOT postmark your mail.  You will be charged a 10% penalty and a $20 cost, if applicable, if we do not receive your mailed payment by the delinquency date.

Avoid penalties, allow adequate time for your payment to reach the Tax Collector before the delinquency date.

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Mobile Homes on the current roll will now be included with the land parcel.  Current unsecured, prior year delinquent unsecured and prior year mobile home taxes are not listed on our website.  If no records match your search criteria, call our office at (530) 527-4535 and we will be happy to assist you.



Please be advised that the credit card processor charges a convenience fee of 2.50% to pay by credit or debit card .  A fee of $2.50 per transaction will be charged to pay by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer - entering routing number and account number from check). To pay by telephone, call 1-866-656-2570.  This fee is not charged by Tehama County.

Tax payments made by credit card or EFT will be processed as of the transaction date of the payment. The website may not reflect that your payment was made for up to 7 days.