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San Diego County, California Property Tax
The median property tax in San Diego County, California is $2,955 per year for a home worth the median value of $486,000. San Diego County collects, on average, 0.61% of a property’s assessed fair market value as property tax.
San Diego County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, and is ranked 168th of the 3143 counties in order of median property taxes.
The average yearly property tax paid by San Diego County residents amounts to about 3.47% of their yearly income. San Diego County is ranked 385th of the 3143 counties for property taxes as a percentage of median income.
You can use the California property tax map to the left to compare San Diego County’s property tax to other counties in California. Marin County collects the highest property tax in California, levying an average of $5,500.00 (0.63% of median home value) yearly in property taxes, while Modoc County has the lowest property tax in the state, collecting an average tax of $953.00 (0.6% of median home value) per year.
To compare San Diego County with property tax rates in other states, see our map of property taxes by state.
San Diego County Property Tax Rate
Because San Diego County uses a complicated formula to determine the property tax owed on any individual property, it’s not possible to condense it to a simple tax rate, like you could with an income or sales tax.
Instead, we provide property tax information based on the statistical median of all taxable properties in San Diego County. The median property tax amount is based on the median San Diego County property value of $486,000. You can use these numbers as a reliable benchmark for comparing San Diego County’s property taxes with property taxes in other areas.
Our data allows you to compare San Diego County’s property taxes by median property tax in dollars, median property tax as a percentage of home value, and median property tax as a percentage of the San Diego County median household income.
Note: This page provides general information about property taxes in San Diego County. If you need specific tax information or property records about a property in San Diego County, contact the San Diego County Tax Assessor’s Office.
San Diego County Property Tax Calculator
While the exact property tax rate you will pay is set by the tax assessor on a property-by-property basis, you can use our San Diego County property tax estimator tool to estimate your yearly property tax. Our property tax estimates are based on the median property tax levied on similar houses in the San Diego County area.
Property taxes are managed on a county level by the local tax assessor’s office. If you need to find out the exact amount of your property tax bill or find other specific information, you can contact the San Diego County Tax Assessor .
Disclaimer: Please note that we can only estimate your San Diego County property tax based on average property taxes in your area. Every locality uses a unique property tax assessment method. Your actual property tax burden will depend on the details and features of each individual property.
San Diego County Property Tax Appeal
San Diego County calculates the property tax due based on the fair market value of the home or property in question, as determined by the San Diego County Property Tax Assessor. Each property is individually t each year, and any improvements or additions made to your property may increase its appraised value.
As a property owner, you have the right to appeal the property tax amount you are charged and request a reassessment if you believe that the value determined by the San Diego County Tax Assessor’s office is incorrect. To appeal the San Diego County property tax, you must contact the San Diego County Tax Assessor’s Office.
Statistics show that about 25% of homes in America are unfairly overassessed, and pay an average of $1,346 too much in property taxes every year.
We can check your property’s current assessment against similar properties in San Diego County and tell you if you’ve been overassessed. If you have been overassessed, we can help you submit a tax appeal.
Is your San Diego County property overassessed?
You will be provided with a property tax appeal form, on which you will provide the tax assessor’s current appraisal of your property as well as your proposed appraisal and a description of why you believe your appraisal is more accurate.
Previous appraisals, expert opinions, and appraisals for similar properties may be attached to the appeal as supporting documentation. If your appeal is successful, your property will be reassessed at a lower valuation and your San Diego County property taxes will be lowered accordingly.
If your appeal is denied, you still have the option to re-appeal the decision. If no further administrative appeals can be made, you can appeal your San Diego County tax assessment in court.
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San Diego County Property Tax Assessor
The San Diego County Tax Assessor is responsible for assessing the fair market value of properties within San Diego County and determining the property tax rate that will apply. The Tax Assessor’s office can also provide property tax history or property tax records for a property. These property tax records are excellent sources of information when buying a new property or appealing a recent appraisal.
Most county assessors’ offices are located in or near the county courthouse or the local county administration building. You can look up the San Diego County Assessor’s contact information here (opens in external website).
What is the San Diego County Property Tax?
Proceeds from the San Diego County Personal Property Tax are used locally to fund school districts, public transport, infrastructure, and other municipal government projects. Property tax income is almost always used for local projects and services, and does not go to the federal or state budget.
Unlike other taxes which are restricted to an individual, the San Diego County Property Tax is levied directly on the property. Unpaid property tax can lead to a property tax lien, which remains attached to the property’s title and is the responsibility of the current owner of the property. Tax liens are not affected by transferring or selling the property, or even filing for bankruptcy. Property tax delinquency can result in additional fees and interest, which are also attached to the property title.
In cases of extreme property tax delinquency, the San Diego County Tax Board may seize the delinquent property and offer it for sale at a public tax foreclosure auction, often at a price well under market value. Proceeds of the sale first go to pay the property’s tax lien, and additional proceeds may be remitted to the original owner.
San Diego County Homestead Exemption
For properties considered the primary residence of the taxpayer, a homestead exemption may exist. The San Diego County Homestead Exemption can reduce the appraised valuation of a primary residence before calculating the property tax owed, resulting in a lower annual property tax rate for owner-occupied homes.
Getting a Homestead Exemption may also help protect your home from being repossessed in the case of a property tax lien due to unpaid San Diego County property taxes or other types of other debt.
In most counties, you must specifically submit a homestead exemption application to your county tax assessor in order to enjoy the tax reduction and other benefits available. To get a copy of the San Diego County Homestead Exemption Application, call the San Diego County Assessor’s Office and ask for details on the homestead exemption program. You can also ask about other exemptions that may exist for veterans, seniors, low-income families, or property used for certain purposes such as farmland or open space.
San Diego County Property Tax Deduction
You can usually deduct 100% of your San Diego County property taxes from your taxable income on your Federal Income Tax Return as an itemized deduction. California may also let you deduct some or all of your San Diego County property taxes on your California income tax return.
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