Contra Costa, CA asked in Tax Law for California

Q: Before a county can seize your property for tax due, do they have to do anything like take you to court?

The County says they are going to seize any/all of my personal property for a tax debt I do not owe. I owned a boat, berthed it at a marina where it got stolen. Now, years later the County is after me for a tax debt that should have only been for about 3 months but of course they have been charging me for years. The ridiculous part is the debt is still less than $1500.00

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Mitchell A. Port
Mitchell A. Port
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  • Los Angeles, CA
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A: The county does not have to go to court to foreclose on a tax lien it probably filed to secure the tax debt you have. If you don't think the tax is due, the dispute it through the use of proper channels.

I hope this helps.

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Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi
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  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: As Mr. Port answered properly, they do not go to court in this regard. Generally, they give you notices as part of due process clause of the 14th Amendment (this is a state agency), so that you can defend yourself. You may contact the authorities and present your case as you stated here. Of course, a lawyer would be helpful. Good luck

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