Homeowners' Exemption

A property tax exemption excuses all or a portion of the assessment because the assessee has met some criteria permitted by the California State Constitution. There are exemptions for property used by homeowners, veterans, disabled veterans, churches, religious organizations, welfare organizations and more. Only one type of exemption per property is permitted. San Joaquin County is reimbursed by the State only for property tax revenue lost by the homeowner’s exemption. New homeowners will be sent an exemption application in the mail. Filing is free for the Homeowner's Exemption.

You may be eligible for an exemption of up to $7,000 off the property’s assessed value, resulting in a property tax savings of approximately $70 annually if you own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence. To qualify, you must be a property owner, co-owner, or purchaser named in a contract of sale. You must occupy your home as your principal place of residence as of January 1 of each year.

The full exemption is available for the year in which you occupy the dwelling, if you file by 5:00 pm before the following February 15th. If you file a claim between the following February 16th and 5:00 pm on December 10th, 80% of the exemption is available.