Assessor Dutton Highlights Business Property Statement Filing Extension

Last Day to File Form 571-L Business Property Statement Moves from May 7th to May 31, 2020.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA (May 7, 2020) – Today, San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder Bob Dutton is highlighting a new filing deadline by Governor Newsom’s Executive Order to help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to avoid tax penalties.

The Executive Order extends the deadline for certain businesses to file Business Personal Property Statements from today, May 7, to May 31, 2020, to avoid state-mandated penalties.

“With society at a standstill due to COVID-19, many small businesses are hurting right now. This filing extension means many small business owners can have additional time to file without receiving penalties,” said Assessor-Recorder Bob Dutton. “During these difficult times, we must do everything we can to help our small business owners. I encourage San Bernardino County filers to contact my office for any assistance regarding this process.”

The California Revenue and Taxation Code requires that every person who owns, claims, possesses, or controls business property (i.e., machinery and equipment, office furniture, computers, etc.) on January 1 of each year, shall file a Property Statement, upon request of the Assessor or an aggregate cost greater than $100,000.

All businesses in California are required to file their business personal property with their County Assessor by May 7th every year. California state law under Revenue and Taxation Code (section 441(b) and 463) automatically applies a 10% penalty for those who file after May 7. The new Executive Order provides that no penalty shall be imposed upon a taxpayer if the taxpayer files a personal property tax statement as required by Revenue and Taxation Code section 441(a) on or before June 1, 2020.

The San Bernardino County Assessor’s office plans to continue safely accepting business personal property statements by mail throughout the extension timeframe. However, it is strongly encouraged that filers submit their Business Property Statement online at: https://public.calbpsfile.org/home.

For any questions, please contact the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Business Property Division by phone at (909)382-3220 or by email: personalproperty@arc.sbcounty.gov.

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