Over 55 and thinking about moving? Here is an amazing incentive for those looking to make a move: California Propositions 60 and 90 allows you to move your property tax base with you.
Proposition 60 allows transfers of base year values within the same county (intracounty). Proposition 90 allows transfers from one county to another county in California (intercounty) and it is the discretion of each county to authorize such transfers. As of September 19, 2013, only nine counties have passed an ordinance authorizing intercounty transfers; however, it is recommended that you call your assessor for verification as it could change at any time.
What are the eligibility requirements for Propositions 60/90?
You, or a spouse residing with you, must have been at least 55 years of age when the original property was sold.
The replacement property must be your principal residence and must be eligible for the homeowners’ exemption or disabled veterans’ exemption.
The replacement property must be of equal or lesser “current market value” than the original property. The “equal or lesser” test is applied to the entire replacement property, even if the owner of the original property purchases only a partial interest in the replacement property. Owners of two qualifying original properties may not combine the values of those properties in order to qualify for a Proposition 60 base-year value transfer to a replacement property of greater value than the more valuable of the two original properties.
The replacement property must be purchased or built within two years (before or after) of the sale of the original property.
To receive retroactive relief from the date of transfer, you must file your claim within three years following the purchase date or new construction completion date of the replacement property.
Your original property must have been eligible for the homeowners’ or disabled veterans’ exemption either at the time it was sold or within two years of the purchase or construction of the replacement property.
The original property must be subject to reappraisal at its current fair market value at the time of sale, unless the buyer(s) of your original property also qualify the property as a replacement property for a base year value transfer due to disaster relief or a base year value transfer for a severely and permanently disabled person. Therefore, most transfers between parents and children will not qualify.
This is a one-time only benefit. Once you have filed and received this tax relief, neither you nor your spouse who resides with you can ever file again, even upon your spouse’s death or if the two of you divorce. The only exception is that if you become disabled after receiving this tax relief for age, you may transfer the base year value a second time because of the disability, which involves a different claim form.
As of September 19, 2013, the following nine counties in California have an ordinance enabling the intercounty base year value transfer:
Since the counties indicated above are subject to change, we recommend contacting the county to which you wish to move to verify eligibility.