Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector Jordan Kaufman announced the recent mailing of delinquency notices to property owners who have not paid their property taxes. Property owners are advised to pay their delinquent taxes on or before June 30 to avoid incurring additional penalties.

If the delinquent date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the hour of delinquency is 5 p.m. on the next business day. If property taxes are not paid by June 30, the parcel will be placed in a “tax-defaulted” status and will be subject to public auction after five years of delinquency.

Various methods of payment are available:

1) Via mail to: KCTTC 1115 Truxtun Avenue - 2nd Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4640;

2) In person at the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office located at 1115 Truxtun Ave. - 2nd Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301; and

3) Via the Treasurer-Tax Collector's website at www.kcttc.co.kern.ca.us

Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Cards can be used for payments made over the internet. A credit and debit card service fee will be assessed based on the amount of taxes paid. Electronic checks can also be used for online payments with zero fees. Access the website for additional information.

COVID-19 late penalty waiver requests

On May 6, Gov. Gavin Newssom issued executive order N-61-20. This executive order mandated that tax collectors cancel late penalties on delinquent property taxes if the delinquency is due to the impacts of COVID-19 and if the property meets certain criteria. A link to the Kern County COVID-19 penalty waiver request form with instructions is available at www.kcttc.co.kernca.us.

If property owners feel they have received a delinquent notice in error, they are asked to contact the Treasurer-Tax Collector at 868-3490 or by emailing TTC@KernCounty.com.

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