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January 24, 2011 Written by 

Welcome to The Property Tax Exemptions Unit

The Mission of the Exemption Unit is to assist eligible individuals and organizations in receiving exemptions; verify that exemptions are accurate in accordance with legal mandates and provide exemption information necessary for completion of the annual assessment roll in an efficient, timely and responsive way.

HOMEOWNER’S PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

The homeowner's property tax exemption provides for a reduction of $7,000 off the assessed value of an owner-occupied residence. This translates to annual property tax savings of approximately $70. Property owners who occupy their homes as their principal place of residence on the lien date (January 1st), and each year thereafter, are eligible for the exemption if they file a claim. Once filed, the exemption is continuous until the homeowner becomes ineligible. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to notify the Assessor's Office when this occurs. The regular filing deadline is February 15th to receive the full exemption. A late exemption ($5,600) can be claimed if the claim is received by the Assessor by December 10th. This filing is a free service provided by the Assessor's Office. For more information, please call the Exemption Unit.

DISABLED VETERAN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

The Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption provides for a reduction of up to $100,000 off the assessed value of the principal place of residence of a qualified disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a qualified disabled veteran. The veteran must be totally disabled as a result of a service-connected injury or disease. The rating must be issued by the United States Veterans Administration as 100% totally disabled or that the disability compensation has been rated at 100% by reason of being unable to secure or follow a substantially gainful occupation. The exemption may increase to $150,000 if you claim and qualify for the low-income exemption on a yearly basis.  Once filed and granted, the basic exemption is continuous until the claimant becomes ineligible. Upon discovery or notification of ineligibility, the exemption will be terminated from the day that the ineligibility is effective. Please call the Exemptions' Unit at for further details.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION’S PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

Property used exclusively for religious, hospital, scientific, or charitable purposes may be eligible for property tax exemption. Exemptions are available for schools, churches, libraries, museums and other organizations that provide services to the community. Qualifications for these exemptions vary. For additional information regarding the qualifying features of these exemptions, please call the Exemptions Unit.



Exemption Division

County Government Center
East Wing, 5th 
Floor
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408-299-6460
Fax: 408-271-8812
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