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CA AB 3134

Title: Property taxation: refunds.
Author: Phillip Chen

Summary
AB 3134, as amended, Chen. Property taxation: refunds. Existing law requires property taxes to be refunded to the taxpayer or last recorded owner under specified circumstances, as provided, and requires that a refund only be made pursuant to a claim for refund, except as provided.This bill would require the county auditor, if the cancellation of taxes will result in a refund, to either process the refund to the payor of the tax or notify the payor in writing of the requirements for obtaining a refund, as specified. The bill would require that a claim for a refund under this provision be deemed timely filed if it is filed within 60 days of the notice, as specified. This bill would also authorize an order for refund of taxes or assessments to be paid to the assessee of a property, as specified, without a claim for refund filed, if certain conditions are met, including, among other requirements, that the amount of the refund is less than $10,000. By placing new duties upon county auditors, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing property tax law authorizes refund of taxes or assessments as a result of a reduction in the value of taxable property or specified corrections to be paid to the latest recorded owner of that property as shown on the tax roll, as specified, if there has been no transfer of the property during or since the fiscal year for which the taxes subject to refund were levied and the amount of the refund is less than $5,000. Under existing law, if the county adopts a resolution or ordinance approving this provision, an order for refund of taxes or assessments is authorized to be paid to the assessee of that property, as specified, without a claim for refund filed, if there has been no transfer of the property during or since the fiscal year for which the taxes subject to refund were levied and the amount of the refund is less than $5,000.This bill would revise the above-described conditions to instead include that the amount of the refund is less than $10,000.The California Constitution authorizes, and existing property tax law establishes, a veterans’ exemption for a disabled veteran in the amount of $100,000 or $150,000 for the principal place of residence of a veteran or a veteran’s spouse, including an unmarried surviving spouse, if the veteran, because of an injury incurred in military service, is blind in both eyes, has lost the use of 2 or more limbs, or is totally disabled, as those terms are defined, or if the veteran has, as a result of a service-connected injury or disease, died while on active duty in military service.This bill would authorize an order for refund of taxes or assessments to be paid to a disabled veteran or veteran’s surviving spouse, without a claim for refund filed, if the refund is due to the disabled veterans’ exemption.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Status
In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Bill Documents
CA AB 3134 - 04/24/24 - Amended Assembly
04/24/24 - CA AB 3134 (04/24/24 - Amended Assembly)


CA AB 3134 - 02/16/24 - Introduced
02/16/24 - CA AB 3134 (02/16/24 - Introduced)

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