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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES [6001 - 60709]

  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 279. )

PART 10.5. SENIOR CITIZENS PROPERTY TAX ASSISTANCE AND POSTPONEMENT LAW [20501 - 20646]

  ( Heading of Part 10.5 amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43. )

CHAPTER 3. Senior Citizens Tenant-Stockholder Property Tax Postponement Law [20625 - 20638]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43. )

20625.
  

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the “Senior Citizens Tenant-Stockholder Property Tax Postponement Law”.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43.)

20626.
  

Unless the context otherwise requires or unless otherwise provided in this chapter, the definitions given in Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 20501) and Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 20581) shall govern the construction of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43.)

20627.
  

A tenant-stockholder claimant (hereinafter referred to as “claimant”) is an individual who, on the last day of the calendar year ending immediately prior to the commencement of the fiscal year for which postponement is claimed is: (a) a tenant-stockholder in a cooperative housing corporation (as defined in Section 216(b) of the Internal Revenue Code) and (b) occupies, as a principal place of residence, a residential unit in the cooperative housing corporation (notwithstanding Section 216(b) of the Internal Revenue Code). For the purposes of this chapter, a claimant must be (1) 62 years of age or older on or before December 31 of the fiscal year for which postponement is claimed or (2) blind or disabled, as defined in Section 12050 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, at the time of application or on February 10 of the fiscal year for which the postponement is claimed.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 387, Sec. 26. (SB 205) Effective January 1, 2018.)

20628.
  

Residential unit means an apartment or similar dwelling in a cooperative housing corporation, located in this state.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43.)

20629.
  

Property taxes means the amount representing the claimant’s proportionate share of real estate taxes for the fiscal year for which postponement is claimed, determined in accord with the method prescribed in Section 216(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 488, Sec. 90.5. Effective July 28, 1983.)

20630.
  

(a) A claimant may file with the Controller, a claim for postponement from the State of California of a sum equal to, but not exceeding the amount of property taxes, as defined in Section 20629, for the fiscal year for which the claim is made.

(b) Upon verification of the eligibility requirements set forth in Section 20630.5, the Controller shall mail the claimant a Notice of Election to Postpone which shall be in the form and contain such information as the Controller may prescribe. Accompanying the notice shall be a statement explaining that in order for the claimant to postpone all or part of the property taxes, the Notice of Election to Postpone must be mailed to the Controller with the following:

(1) A statement signed by an authorized officer of the cooperative housing corporation indicating the amount of the claimant’s proportionate share of property taxes and the method used to compute such amount.

(2) A recognition agreement signed by the claimant and executed by an officer of the corporation which acknowledges the assignment of the proprietary lease and the pledging of the claimant’s shares in the corporation as security for postponement, and sets forth the rights and duties of the state, the corporation and the claimant with respect to such stock and the proprietary lease. The recognition agreement shall be in such form and contain such provisions as the Controller shall prescribe.

(3) Any other additional security interest, created and perfected with respect to the rights of third persons in the manner provided by law for such type of security interest, which the Controller deems necessary to protect the interest of the state with regard to the repayment of postponed amounts by the claimant or a deceased claimant’s estate.

(c) When the Controller approves the Notice of Election to Postpone, the Controller shall issue payment to a county tax collector or other appropriate payee as determined by the Controller for the property taxes owed by the claimant. Payments may, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be made out of the amounts appropriated pursuant to Section 16180 of the Government Code that are secured by a secured tax lien and obligation as specified by Article 1 (commencing with Section 16180) of Chapter 5 of Division 4 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 387, Sec. 27. (SB 205) Effective January 1, 2018.)

20630.5.
  

Claims made under this chapter shall be filed with the Controller after October 1 of the fiscal year in which postponement is claimed and on or before February 10 of such fiscal year. If February 10th falls on Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, the date is extended to the next business day. The claim shall be on a form supplied by the Controller and shall contain:

(a) Evidence acceptable to the Controller that the individual was an eligible claimant.

(b) A statement showing the household income for the period set forth in Section 20503.

(c) A statement describing the residential dwelling.

(d) Any other information necessary for the Controller to determine eligibility under this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 391, Sec. 17. (SB 801) Effective January 1, 2016.)

20632.
  

The Controller shall maintain a record of all persons who have received postponement amounts pursuant to this chapter. Such record shall include the name and address of the claimant, the name and address of the cooperative housing corporation and any other information deemed necessary by the Controller for administration purposes.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43.)

20634.
  

All amounts postponed pursuant to this chapter shall be due if any of the following occurs:

(a) The claimant ceases to occupy the cooperative residential unit, or sells or otherwise disposes of shares in the cooperative housing corporation.

(b) The claimant dies. However, if the surviving spouse or another person eligible to postpone pursuant to this chapter continues to occupy the cooperative residential unit, then the postponed amounts shall not be due unless such person dies, ceases to occupy the residential unit, or the shares are sold, or otherwise transferred.

(c) The failure of the claimant or the cooperative housing corporation to perform those acts specified in the recognition agreement, or the failure of the claimant to perform those acts required by a security interest holder which is senior to the state’s security interest for postponed amounts.

(d) Postponement was erroneously allowed because eligibility requirements were not met.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43.)

20635.
  

The Controller shall reduce the amount postponed pursuant to this chapter by the amounts of any payment received for that purpose and by notification by the Franchise Tax Board of assistance payable pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 20501). The Controller shall increase the amount postponed to reflect subsequent postponement payments pursuant to this chapter and accrued interest.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43.)

20636.
  

If a surviving spouse becomes eligible to postpone property taxes pursuant to this chapter, any postponement payments to such person shall be added to the postponement amounts paid to the deceased spouse.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43.)

20637.
  

If the Controller determines that amounts postponed under this chapter have become due and payable, the Controller may take any or all of the following actions:

(a) Demand payment of such amount from the claimant, the estate of any decedent claimant, or any person who was a co-owner with the claimant of the cooperative housing corporation shares.

(b) Direct the Department of General Services to sell any property, including shares in the cooperative housing corporation, pledged by the claimant as security for postponement. The cooperative housing corporation from which the shares were issued shall have first opportunity to purchase at fair market value any shares in the cooperative housing corporation offered for sales under this subdivision, according to a procedure set forth by the Controller in the Recognition Agreement prepared pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 20630.

(c) Request the Attorney General to bring an action against the claimant to recover amounts postponed under this chapter by the claimant.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 43.)

20638.
  

Upon written request of a person who has postponed pursuant to this chapter, or an agent of such person, or an agent of the affected cooperative housing corporation, the Controller shall issue such person a written statement showing the total amount postponed, together with accrued interest. The Controller may establish a reasonable fee, not to exceed thirty dollars ($30) for the provision of the statement of postponement status provided by this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 391, Sec. 19. (SB 801) Effective January 1, 2016.)

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