How to Claim a Refund of Erroneously Charged $75 Recording Taxes
If you paid the new $75 recording tax, you may be eligible for a refund. Here’s how you can request it.
Litigation Tips for Local Taxpayer Groups
Litigation can be expensive and stressful, but sometimes it is appropriate as a last resort. Learn important information to be aware of when considering litigation.
How to recall an inept, unresponsive or corrupt elected official
Unhappy with an elected representative? Learn how to recall an elected official.
How to Apply for Property Tax Postponement
This program can help low-income seniors and the disabled pay their property taxes.
How to Protest Your Fire Tax Bill
Those who submit protests may be eligible for a refund.
Be aware of upcoming local ballot measures that would raise your taxes.
How To Process Transfer On Death Form
Learn the importance of applying for TOD deed.
How to Calculate Your 1% Property Tax
The Legislative Analyst Office has produced a short video that illustrates how the basic property tax is calculated.
Estimate Your Prop. 13 Savings
How much is Proposition 13 saving you? This chart gives an approximation of how much the typical homeowner has saved.
How to Defeat Local Sales Tax
Find out what your city officials DON’T want you to know about challenging and defeating local sales tax initiatives.
How to Repeal an Existing City Tax
Learn how to place an initiative measure on your local ballot to repeal an existing city tax, how to work with officials and more.
How to Defeat Local Prop. 39 Bonds
Under Prop. 39, it is now easier to pass local education bonds and pass on the costs to homeowners. Here are ways you can fight back.
How to Defeat Local Parcel Taxes
Parcel Taxes are a sneaky way for local governments to get around Prop. 13 when they want to raise your taxes. Don’t let it happen!
How to Stop Illegal Government Spending
Taxpayer funds cannot be used for political purposes, such as local bond measures. Use these form letters to put a stop to it.
How to Request Public Records
To make an official request for information under the California Public Records Act, you can use this form letter prepared by HJTA.
How to Form a Local Taxpayer Group
This downloadable handbook by HJTA explains in detail how to plan, organize and operate your own local taxpayer group.
How to Form a Political Action Committee
This page provides a link to the website of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), which regulates PACs.
How to Contact Your Elected Representatives
Find the name, phone, e-mail and address of your state and federal representatives, and use our letter templates to contact them.
Resolution in Support of Proposition 13
Feel free to use the text of this resolution when contacting your state representatives on behalf of your local taxpayer group.
How to Find Your Local Sales Tax Rate
Sales tax varies from city to city in California. HJTA can help you find the specific rate that you pay where you live and shop.
How to Write a Letter to the Editor about Proposition 13
Use these talking points to make your voice heard in the press. This page includes contact information for major California newspapers.