UNDERSTANDING POSTMARKS TO AVOID PENALTIES
Property tax payments must be
received or postmarked by the delinquency date to avoid penalties. If a payment is received after the
delinquency date with no postmark, the payment shall be considered late and, in
accordance with State law, penalties will be imposed.
POSTMARKS are imprints on envelopes, flats and parcels that show
the name of the United States Postal Service (USPS) office that accepted
custody of the mail, along with the state, zip code, and the date of
mailing. The postmark is generally
applied, either by machine or by hand, with cancellation bars to indicate that
the postage cannot be reused.
Taxpayers who send their payments
by mail are cautioned that the USPS only postmarks certain mail depending on
the type of postage used, and may not postmark mail on the same day deposited
into a receptacle.
*Postage that is
postmarked: is evidence of date
*Warning! Postage that is not postmarked:
METERED MAIL: Mail on
which postage is printed directly on an envelope or label by a postage machine
licensed by the USPS.
Stamps sold through a private vendor, such as stamps.com®.
“FOREVER” STAMPS: May not be postmarked.
AUTOMATED POSTAL CENTER (APC) STAMPS: Stamps, with or
without a date, purchased from machines located within USPS.
Pre-sorted mail used by bill pay services, such as online home banked.
Purchase and complete a CERTIFICATE OF MAILING from the
USPS, which is a receipt that provides evidence of the date that your mail was
presented to the USPS for mailing. It
can only be purchased at the time of mailing through the USPS. The USPS charges a small fee for this
Purchase a POSTAGE VALIDATED IMPRINT (PVI) Label from a USPS retail
counter or window. The PVI is applied to
a piece of mail by personnel at the retail counter or window when postage has
been paid to mail that item. The item is
retained in USPS custody and is not handed back to the customer. The date printed on the PVI label is the date
SAVE MONEY! SAVE TIME!
PAY ONLINE! (GO GREEN)
To make a tax payment, visit the
El Dorado County website at www.edcgov.us, choose the Treasurer/Tax Collector
Department, go to “Pay Your Property Taxes” and click on “Pay Property Taxes
There is no reason to write a
check, hunt for stamps, or travel to a mailbox.
You do not have to worry about mail delays, snow, or post office
closures when you pay online.