Transferring a Principal Residence Value within a County
Proposition 60 (Revenue and Taxation Code 69.5)
Property owners of at least 55 years of age may transfer the base year value of their principal residence to a replacement principal residence. The replacement must be of equal or lesser current market value and located within the same county. Sacramento County does not allow base year transfers from other counties.
The over-55 principal residence base year transfer is a one-time only benefit with one exception: if a claimant becomes physically and permanently disabled after transferring the taxable value under the age requirements , the claimant may transfer the taxable value a second time under the disability requirements (Prop 110), if the move is related to the disability. Additional information may be found on the Board of Equalization’s FAQs.
Transferring a Principal Residence Value to a Different County
Proposition 90 (Revenue and Taxation Code 69.5)
Property owners may be able to transfer their principal residence base year value from Sacramento County to another county, provided that the replacement property is located in a county that has adopted an ordinance to allow such transfers. As of November 20, 2014, counties accepting transfers are: Alameda, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Bernadino and Ventura. Sacramento County has not adopted an ordinance and does not allow base year transfers from other counties. More information may be found in the Board of Equalization’s FAQs.
Base Year Transfer for Severely and Permanently Disabled Persons
Proposition 110 (Revenue and Taxation Code 69.5)
Severely and permanently disabled persons who meet certain specific requirements may transfer the base year value of their principal residence to a replacement dwelling of equal or lesser current market value in the same county. There is no age limit. This is a one-time only benefit. Transferring a value to a different county is discussed in the preceding paragraph. Please note that this benefit requires a different form than the age-55 base year transfer. More information may be found on the Board of Equalization’s FAQs.
Property Taken by Eminent Domain or Acquired by a Government Entity
Proposition 3 (Revenue and Taxation Code 68)
A property owner displaced through eminent domain, public entity acquisition, or a judgment of inverse condemnation may transfer the taken property’s base year value to a comparable replacement property in any county. For additional information see the Board of Equalization Letters to Assessors #2005/007 and #2007/021.
Property Substantially Damaged or Destroyed in a Formally Declared Disaster
(Revenue and Taxation Code 69)
This program should not be confused with Calamity relief. The difference between a Disaster and a Calamity is discussed on the Assessor’s Disaster and Calamity Property Tax Relief webpage.
In order to qualify for this base year value transfer under R&T 69, the property must have been: substantially damaged or destroyed by a disaster as declared by the Governor and the replacement property must be located within Sacramento County. Additional requirements also must be met. 'Substantially damaged' is defined as damage in excess of 50% of the market value of the property as it was immediately prior to the disaster.
A similar transfer between different counties is allowed if the county where the replacement home is located has adopted an ordinance permitting the transfer. Sacramento County has not adopted an ordinance and does not allow base year transfers from other counties.
Environmentally Contaminated Property
(Revenue and Taxation Code 69.4)
The base year value of qualified contaminated property may be transferred, subject to specific conditions and limitations, to a comparable replacement property of equal or lesser value that is located in the same county and is acquired or newly constructed as a replacement for the contaminated property. For additional information see the Board of Equalization's Letter To Assessors #2007/047.
An application must be filed with the Assessor's Office in order to receive any of these benefits. Appropriate forms can be found here, or you may request a form by calling (916) 875-0750 (8am to 4pm), or by fax at (916) 875-0705.
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