Why did I receive a tax bill when I sold the property?
A previous owner may receive a secured or unsecured tax bill for
several reasons. If you no longer own the property and receive an annual
property tax bill, you may do either of the following:
1. Forward the bill to the new owner; or
2. Write or mark “sold” and the new owner’s name on the envelope and return it to the Riverside County Treasurer-Tax Collector.
If you receive a supplemental tax bill and you have recently sold
the property, the date of the bill will determine what needs to be done.
If the date of the bill is prior to the date of the sale, the bill
should have been paid at the close of the escrow. Please contact your escrow
company to make sure this bill was paid.
If the date of the bill is on or after the date of the sale, please contact
the Assessor’s Office to determine if the bill needs to be prorated
between the seller and the buyer.
Some unsecured tax bills are assessments for events (new construction
or changes in ownership) that occurred prior to the sale of the property. They
are billed after the closure of escrow. The seller may be responsible for a
prorated portion of the taxes. Unsecured personal property tax bills for a
business, a boat or an airplane are the full responsibility of the assessee of record as of the January 1 lien date.
If you would like additional information regarding this subject, you may submit
your question to our public service staff by using our Public Inquiry Form.