Imperial County Assessor's Office

940 W. Main Street Suite 115

El Centro CA 92243

Main Ph:(442) 265-1300

Email: assessor@co.imperial.ca.us

Exemptions From Property Taxes

Even though the California Constitution states that “all property is taxable,” over the years a number of exemptions from property tax have been approved by the legislature or the voters. Reasons for these exemptions may have been.

  • to recognize private activities that replace demands on public services (welfare/private colleges)
  • church and religious activities that should be separated from state intrusion (religious/church)
  • promotion of homeownership (homeowner)
  • recognition of service to state and country (veterans) and
  • difficulty of administering assessment of stocks, bonds, bank accounts and inventory (intangible/inventory).
  • All exemptions except the low-value exemption require a claim for exemption. For homeowners and disabled veterans at the $124,932 level, only an initial claim is required and the exemption remains in effect for as long as they remain eligible. Most other exemptions require an annual filing to ensure that eligibility is current.

    View the California State Board Of Equalization video presentation for more information regarding property tax exemptions.

    The most common exemptions are:

  • HomeOwners
  • Disabled Veterans
  • Institutional
  • Welfare
  • SERVICES

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