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Overview of Riverside County, CA Taxes

Riverside County taxpayers face some of the highest property tax rates in California. The county’s average effective tax rate is 1.10%. But rates can vary widely depending on where you live within the county.

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    To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

Riverside County Property Tax Rates

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Riverside County’s average effective tax rate of 1.10% is the second-highest in the state of California, after Kern County.

Median home values vary widely in Riverside County by city or census-designated place. The county’s overall median home value is $236,400. That’s significantly lower than California’s median home value of $371,400.

Riverside County homeowners pay an annual property tax payment of $2,606 on average. But many local areas pay significantly more each year. For example in Indian Wells, residents face a median annual property tax payment of $6,609. And Eastvale’s taxes are even higher with residents paying a whopping $6,710 per year on average. It may come as no surprise to hear that the median home value in Indian Wells and Eastvale is $630,200 and $408,000, respectively.

CountyMedian Home ValueMedian Annual Property Tax PaymentAverage Effective Property Tax Rate
Aguanga$153,100$1,3160.86%
Anza$142,600$1,4020.98%
Banning$160,500$1,6871.05%
Beaumont$216,300$4,4402.05%
Bermuda Dunes$338,900$3,1000.91%
Blythe$125,700$9600.76%
Cabazon$71,000$9501.34%
Canyon Lake$329,900$3,2530.99%
Calimesa$160,500$1,5250.95%
Cathedral City$180,300$2,3641.31%
Cherry Valley$167,800$1,8451.10%
Coachella$143,600$1,9771.38%
Corona$335,000$3,3571.00%
Coronita$302,200$1,9880.66%
Desert Center$111,300$1,2351.11%
Desert Edge$35,700$2730.76%
Desert Hot Springs$125,500$1,6111.28%
Desert Palms$357,100$3,8831.09%
East Hemet$146,900$1,4310.97%
Eastvale$408,000$6,7101.64%
El Cerrito$339,800$2,5580.75%
El Sobrante$391,100$4,2481.09%
French Valley$291,100$4,4221.52%
Garnet$96,100$1,1831.23%
Good Hope$155,300$1,1780.76%
Green Acres$103,700$1,0821.04%
Hemet$117,000$1,2921.10%
Highgrove$221,900$1,6360.74%
Home Gardens$207,400$2,3231.12%
Homeland$81,800$8291.01%
Idyllwild-Pine Cove$254,300$1,8670.73%
Indian Wells$630,200$6,6091.05%
Indio$196,400$3,0561.56%
Indio Hills$191,400$1,2420.65%
Jurupa Valley$223,400$1,7710.79%
Lake Elsinore$218,200$3,2781.50%
Lakeland Village$164,400$1,4940.91%
Lake Mathews$341,000$2,9280.86%
Lake Riverside$253,000$1,8130.72%
Lakeview$158,000$1,2520.79%
La Quinta$343,200$4,0311.17%
March ARB$219,400$5330.24%
Mead Valley$166,000$1,3640.82%
Meadowbrook$122,300$1,0920.89%
Mecca$104,600$1,3591.30%
Menifee$198,800$2,2751.14%
Mesa Verde$72,100$5950.83%
Moreno Valley$188,100$2,0461.09%
Murrieta$287,700$3,5621.24%
Norco$393,200$2,8740.73%
North Shore$66,900$8231.23%
Nuevo$217,000$1,7180.79%
Oasis$11,800$6315.35%
Palm Desert$299,500$2,9610.99%
Palm Springs$265,400$2,4380.92%
Perris$164,400$2,8001.70%
Rancho Mirage$508,900$5,3121.04%
Ripley$63,400$8501.34%
Riverside$242,100$1,9700.81%
Romoland$221,500$1,8810.85%
San Jacinto$139,800$1,8551.33%
Sky Valley$98,800$1,0271.04%
Temecula$311,100$3,5791.15%
Temescal Valley$328,200$4,5851.40%
Thermal$22,400$2,3331.04%
Thousand Palms$138,300$1,5781.14%
Valle Vista$125,900$1,3131.04%
Vista Santa Rosa$248,400$2,0650.83%
Warm Springs$174,500$1,3020.75%
Whitewater$86,800$1,2431.43%
Wildomar$226,900$2,2060.97%
Winchester$136,400$1,2050.88%
Woodcrest$350,900$2,6130.74%

Paying Your Riverside County Property Taxes

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As a taxpayer in Riverside County, you’ll be responsible for making sure your property taxes are paid in two installments spread out during the year. If your property tax payments are included in your mortgage payment, your mortgage company will receive the bill and you’ll receive an extra copy for reference. If you get any supplemental tax bills in the mail, it’s a good idea to check in with your lender to find out who will pay this added bill.

Your first installment is due beginning November 1 and no later than December 10 each year. The year’s second installment is due beginning February 1 and no later than April 10. It’s important to note that any unpaid tax balance remaining after either due date is subject to a 10% penalty.

You have several different payment methods for covering your annual property taxes. The Riverside County Tax Collector offers the option to pay property tax payments online and by automated phone call.

The Tax Collector’s Office accepts payment by credit card at a 2.28% convenience fee and by debit card for a $3.95 flat fee. If you prefer to pay online but don’t want to pay any added fees, you also have the option to pay by e-Check as well.

If you’d rather not pay your property taxes online, you also have the option to send payment by mail. When you receive your tax bill, you’ll find that it includes pre-addressed envelopes for returning your payment. You’ll want to be sure to use these envelopes and include a check or money order payable to the Riverside County Tax Collector with your assessment number included. The Tax Collector’s Office does not accept payments mailed in cash.

How Your Riverside County Property Tax Works

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While California State law governs the process, it’s up to Riverside County to ultimately collect property taxes. The Riverside Tax Collector collects payment for the county, all incorporated cities within Riverside County, local school districts and other entities like sanitation districts. Once the county collects these taxes, the Riverside County Auditor-Controller distributes these funds to all parties.

In Riverside County, a home’s price is the basis for its associated property taxes. The property’s assessed value equals the purchase price of the home at the time of the sale. Going forward, the home’s assessed value changes with yearly annual measures of inflation in the state’s Consumer Price Index. As a result, assessed value can be much lower than market value in cases where a homeowner stays put for a length of time.

It’s important to note that in Riverside County, assessment and appraisal do not typically work the same way. California’s Proposition 13 designates that property is only reappraised when new construction happens or a shift in ownership takes place. Outside of these two circumstances, Proposition 13 requires that property assessments not increase by more than 2% each year.

So how does assessed value play a role in your annual property taxes? These values work as the foundation for determining property taxes. Assessed value multiplies by the local jurisdiction’s average effective property tax rate to determine your annual tax bill.

If you feel that your home’s assessed value is incorrect, you do have the option to file an appeal. You can do this by contacting the Riverside County Assessment Appeals Board for more information.

You’ll need to file any appeals between July 2 and November 30 of the given year. But it’s important that you still pay both of your installments on time to avoid paying any penalties while your appeal is in process. You’ll receive a refund if the appeal is ultimately ruled in your favor.

Property Tax: Which Counties are Getting the Best Bang for Their Buck

SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.

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Methodology

Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most for their property tax dollars. To do this we looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.

As a way to measure the quality of schools, we calculated the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the country. Within each state, these schools were then ranked between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on those average scores.

For each county, we calculated the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

Using the school and crime numbers, we calculated a community score. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.

We used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.

Finally, we calculated a tax value by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows us the counties in the country where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where their property tax dollars are going the furthest.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police or Justice Department websites