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California Property Tax Updates

UPDATED december 2020

Guidelines for Remote Hearings during Pandemic Released

The California State Board of Equalization (SBE) has issued guidelines for remote/virtual hearings before county Assessment Appeals Boards during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines were developed in response to the California Legislature’s authorization of remote board hearings and are the result of several months of SBE meetings in which assessors, taxpayers and board clerks participated. Key provisions in the SBE’s guidelines include: (a) allowing taxpayers to opt-out of remote hearings until in-person hearings resume; (b) requiring boards to provide instructions, training and other accommodations to all parties who wish to participate in remote hearings; (c) establishing procedures for submitting documentary evidence; and (d) allowing “real-time” presentation of witnesses and documents which means all parties must be able to view hearing participants and documents simultaneously. The guidelines permit each county to choose the remote hearing “platform” that best suits the county’s needs and they designate the SBE as the “clearinghouse” for training, practices and questions regarding remote board hearings. The guidelines were published in the SBE’s Letter to Assessors No. 2020/063 on December 16, 2020.

Cris K. O'Neall, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
American Property Tax Counsel (APTC)

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