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Frequently Asked Questions


If you would like additional information regarding any of these subjects, you may submit your question to our public service staff by using our Public Inquiry Form.
Tax Bills
bullet Can I view my secured property tax payment history online?
  Taxpayers, using their Personal Identification Number or PIN, can access the past three years of their Secured Property Taxes Payment History. If the payment history has adjusted payments, refunds, or returned checks, the history will not be available online and a message will be displayed stating that the payment history is unavailable at this time and to email the Treasurer and Tax Collector at paymenthistory@ttc.lacounty.gov to request the information.

Taxpayers will need their Assessor's Identification Number (AIN) and as stated above, their PIN to access their payment history. Taxpayers can locate the PIN on any original tax bill. They will also need to enter the CAPTCHA information (security words) for validation.
 
bullet How much do I owe?
  To locate the amount of your Secured Property Taxes, click the following link How much are my property taxes? and enter your Assessor's Identification Number. This website provides current year and delinquent secured tax information.

We accept partial payments. If you are not able to pay the full amount due, pay what you can on or before the delinquency date as this will reduce the balance of outstanding taxes owed.
 
bullet Can I make partial payments?
  We accept partial payments. If you are not able to pay the full amount due, pay what you can on or before the delinquency date as this will reduce the balance of outstanding taxes owed.
 
bullet Are there any Installment Plans?
   
 
bullet How can I get a copy of my current tax bill?
  Secured

If you want a substitute secured tax bill, please call our 24-hour PROPTAX Information System at (213)974-2111 or toll free at (888)807-2111. You must have your 10-digit Assessor's Identification Number. You may also email a request for a substitute bill to the Treasurer and Tax Collector at ttcmail@ttc.lacounty.gov. Substitute bills may also be obtained by contacting the Assessor's office via email at helpdesk@assessor.lacounty.gov, or by going in person to any of the Assessor's office locations. Please provide the property address and, if available, the Assessor's Identification Number (AIN). This information is required to provide you with the correct tax bill.

Current Year Secured Taxes Online: The Treasurer and Tax Collector's website provides current year tax information. Click the following link: How much are my secured property taxes? and enter your Assessor's Identification Number to view the amount of secured taxes due for the current year. This website provides current year tax information and is available between October 1 and June 30 only.

Unsecured

If you would like a substitute tax bill, please call the Unsecured Property Tax Section at (213)893-7935. You may also email a request for a substitute bill to the Treasurer and Tax Collector at ttcmail@ttc.lacounty.gov. Please provide the year and bill number, if available; however, if you do not have that information please provide your name, the type of bill you receive (e.g., boat, business property), the property address, and the billing address. When making a payment, be sure to always write the year and bill number on your check. BE CAREFUL, BILL NUMBERS CHANGE EVERY YEAR.

Current Year Unsecured Taxes Online: The Treasurer and Tax Collector's website provides current year unsecured tax amounts. Click the following link: How much are my Unsecured taxes? and enter the year and bill number to view the amount of unsecured taxes due for the current year. This website provides current year unsecured tax information and is available between March 1 and June 30 only.
 
bullet How can I obtain information on Multiple Parcels?
   
 
bullet When are the taxes due?
  SECURED PROPERTY TAXES

Annual property tax bills are mailed in early October of each year. The bill is payable in two installments.

The 1st installment is due on November 1 and is delinquent if the payment is not received by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by December 10. A 10% penalty is assessed for delinquent payments.

The 2nd installment is due on February 1 and is delinquent if the payment is not received by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by April 10, a 10% penalty and $10.00 cost are assessed.

If December 10 or April 10 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the delinquency date is the next business day.

Both installments can be paid at the same time. If you choose to pay both installments in one payment, please include the first and second installment stubs with your payment.

Payment Deadline Summary

Installment             Due Date            Delinquency Date*            Penalty, if delinquent

      1st                   November 1               December 10                 10% of amount due
      2nd                   February 1                     April 10                     10 % of amount due + $10.00 Cost

*If December 10th or April 10th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a Los Angeles County holiday, the delinquency date is moved to the next business day. To assist taxpayers in understanding how to avoid penalties that could result from postmark issues, the Tax Collector has compiled important related information on how to Avoid Penalties By Understanding Postmarks.

UNSECURED PROPERTY TAXES

Unsecured tax bills are delinquent if the payment is not received by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by August 31 of the tax year. If August 31 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, the deadline is the next business day.
 
bullet How can I get an email reminder for when taxes are due?
   
 
bullet How to avoid penalties by understanding postmarks?
 
 
bullet How do I request to cancel penalties?
   
 
bullet What can I do if the Tax Collector never received my payment?
   
 
bullet What is a supplemental tax bill?
  In addition to annual taxes, you may be responsible for paying supplemental property taxes. State law requires the Assessor to reappraise property upon a change in ownership or new construction. The supplemental assessment reflects the difference between the new assessed value and the old or prior assessed value. If the property is reassessed at a higher value than the old assessed value, a supplemental bill will be issued. If the property is reassessed at a lower value than the old assessed value, a refund will be issued.

The taxes are prorated based on the number of months left in the fiscal year from the date of ownership change or the new construction completion date. If the change in ownership or new construction occurs between January 1st and May 31st, two supplemental tax bills will be issued. The first supplemental bill will be for the remainder of the fiscal year, and the second supplemental bill will be for the fiscal year that follows.

Supplemental tax bills are mailed directly to the property owner and are your responsibility. In general, they are not paid out of your impound account. Please check with your lender.
 
bullet What causes a supplemental bill?
  Supplemental bills are generated due to qualifying changes in ownership or new construction. Well known types of changes in ownership are those changes involving a buyer and seller. However, change in ownership situations also include removing or adding someone s name from title even when monetary consideration is not exchanged. Typical new construction events include adding square footage or a swimming pool. However, new construction also includes, but is not limited to, adding baths, fireplaces and air conditioning when they did not previously exist.

The Assessor generally discovers these events two ways: 1) Changes in ownership are discovered through publicly recorded deeds; 2) New construction is discovered when copies of building permits are sent to the Assessor's Office. These bills are in addition to the regular annual tax bills. Please see Supplemental Assessments.
 
bullet How do I locate my Assessor's identification number (AIN)?
  The Assessor Identification Number or AIN is the main indexing system used for property tax purposes. Each property has a unique AIN. You can locate your AIN various ways:

  • The AIN can be found on your deed, which was used to acquire ownership.
  • The AIN can be found on your title report (which you received when you acquired title insurance).
  • The AIN can be found on your "Annual Property Tax Bill  or Supplemental Property Tax Bill .
  • The AIN can be found by going to the Property Maps and Data  link or the Property Sales and Maps  quick link from the homepage of the Assessor s website and entering your property address.
  • The AIN can be found by contacting the Assessor at (213) 974-2111, toll free at 888 807-2111, or any of the Assessor's Office Locations.
 
bullet Why did I receive an unsecured tax bill?
  Some property taxes are called "Unsecured" because the taxes are not secured by real property (such as land). Unsecured property tax is based on the value of the property. The person or entity assessed for the tax is liable for the payment of the taxes. Unsecured taxes are also referred to as personal property taxes. Types of properties that are assessed unsecured taxes include watercraft (such as boats or jet skis), airplanes, business personal property, business fixtures, and leased equipment.
 
bullet Why did I get an informational tax bill only?
  If your monthly mortgage payments include your property taxes, you have an impound account. Each July, lending institutions such as mortgage companies, banks and savings and loans provide the Treasurer and Tax Collector with a listing of properties with impound accounts. This information is used to forward annual tax bills to the lending institutions. An Information Only  tax bill is also sent to the property owner. The lending institutions are then responsible for paying the taxes for their customers.

Because an agreement to pay property taxes through an impound account is between you and your lender, you must contact your lender for the following:

  • You have questions regarding the original annual property tax bill.
  • An overpayment has occurred because of the impound account.
  • You no longer wish to continue with an impound account.
  • You receive an adjusted or supplemental tax bill.
Generally, supplemental taxes are not covered by impound accounts and you are directly responsible for making payments.

The Treasurer and Tax Collector does not have the authority to remove impound account payments from the system upon your request. Your lender must authorize this removal. Please contact your lender if you have questions regarding the status of your impound account. Lending institutions are responsible for notifying property owners of any changes in impound account status and when an overpayment has occurred.

If you no longer have an impound account, you may use the stub of your annual Information Only  tax bill to pay your taxes.
 
bullet Why did I receive a tax bill when I sold the property?
  A previous owner may receive a secured or unsecured tax bill for several reasons. If you no longer own the property and receive an annual property tax bill, you may do either of the following:
  1. Forward the bill to the new owner; or
  2. Write or mark sold  and the new owner's name on the envelope and return it to the Los Angeles County Tax Collector.
If you receive a supplemental tax bill and you have recently sold the property, the date of the bill will determine what needs to be done.

If the date of the bill is prior to the date of the sale, the bill should have been paid at the close of the escrow. Please contact your escrow company to make sure this bill was paid.

If the date of the bill is after the date of the sale, please contact the Auditor-Controller's Office to determine if the bill needs to be prorated between the seller and the buyer.

Some unsecured tax bills are assessments for events (new construction or changes in ownership) that occurred prior to the sale of the property. They are billed after the closure of escrow. The seller may be responsible for a prorated portion of the taxes. Unsecured personal property tax bills for a business, a boat or an airplane are the full responsibility of the assessee of record as of the January 1 lien date.
 
Refunds/Tax Sales/Tax Liens
bullet How can I find out the amount of my tax bill?
  Secured Bills

This information is available from any of the following sources:

Secured Taxes Online: The Treasurer and Tax Collector's website provides secured tax information. Click the following link How much are my property taxes (secured)? and enter your Assessor's Identification Number to view the amount of secured taxes due. Current year tax information is available between October 1 and June 30 only, delinquent information is available all year, except during July.

Substitute Tax Bills: If you want a substitute secured tax bill, please call our 24-hour PROPTAX Information System at (213) 974-2111 or toll free at (888) 807-2111. You must have your 10-digit Assessor's Identification Number. You may also email a request for a substitute bill to the Treasurer and Tax Collector at ttcmail@ttc.lacounty.gov. Please provide the property address and, if available, the Assessor's Identification Number. This information is required to provide you with the correct tax bill.

Current Year Unsecured Taxes Online: The Treasurer and Tax Collector's website provides current year unsecured tax amounts. Click the following link: How much are my taxes (unsecured)? and enter the year and bill number to view the amount of the current year unsecured taxes. This website provides current year unsecured tax information and is available between March 1 and June 30 only. You may also phone the department at(213) 893-7935.

Substitute Unsecured Tax Bills: If you want a substitute tax bill, please call the Unsecured Property Tax Section at (213) 893-7935. You may also email a request for a substitute bill from the Treasurer and Tax Collector at ttcmail@ttc.lacounty.gov. Please provide the year and bill number, if available; however, if you do not have that information please provide your name, the type of bill you receive (e.g., boat, business property), the property address, and the billing address. When making a payment make sure to always write the year and bill number on your check. BE CAREFUL, BILL NUMBERS CHANGE EVERY YEAR.
 
bullet What should I do if I'm expecting a refund?
  Several actions by the Auditor-Controller, Assessor, Assessment Appeals Board and Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office may result in refunds.

  • Approved Exemptions or Assessed Value Changes: If the Assessor's Office grants an exemption or decreases the assessed values of a property, a refund may be issued. For more information about this type of refund, contact the Assessor's office by email at helpdesk@assessor.lacounty.gov or the Auditor-Controller's Office at propertytax@auditor.lacounty.gov. You may also contact any of the Assessor's office locations.

  • Assessment Appeals Decisions: If the decision of an Assessment Appeal Board reduces your assessed value or reverses a reassessment of your property, a refund may result. For more information about this type of refund, contact the Assessor's Office by email at helpdesk@assessor.lacounty.gov or the Auditor-Controller's Office at propertytax@auditor.lacounty.gov. You may also contact any of the Assessor's office locations. If your assessment appeal for a reduced value is denied, call the Assessment Appeals Board at (213) 974-1471.

  • Excess Payments: If you pay the same bill twice or overpay taxes, a refund may result. These refunds are processed and issued by the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office. For more information about this type of refund, contact the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office by email at ttcmail@ttc.lacounty.gov.

  • Reductions or Deletions of Direct Assessments: A refund may result from the reduction or deletion of a direct assessment. However, the Auditor-Controller does not process refunds resulting from reductions or deletions of direct assessments after the taxes have been paid. If you are entitled to a direct assessment refund, you must contact the taxing agency responsible for the assessment. The telephone numbers of the direct assessment taxing agencies are printed on your annual tax bill. For additional information, contact the Auditor-Controller's office by email at propertytax@auditor.lacounty.gov.
 
bullet Can I get information on Tax Sales?
  Los Angeles County does not sell Certificates of Tax Liens nor does any other County in California at this time. Auctions of Tax Defaulted property are generally held twice a year. Anyone who can legally own property can bid on a property. Registration is required with a deposit that will be applied to a purchase or refunded if not used to purchase a property. Terms are cash or cashiers checks only payable at the auction immediately upon being awarded the sale by the auctioneer. If the sale is over $5,000, a 10% or $5,000 deposit must be paid at the time of the sale and the balance must be paid within 30 days. The deposit is forfeited if the sale is not completed timely. For more information on Los Angeles County tax sales, please visit the Treasurer and Tax Collector’s website: http://ttc.lacounty.gov/proptax/auction_faq.htm.

If you would like additional information regarding this subject, you may submit your question to our public service staff by using our Public Inquiry Form.
 
bullet Why do I have a tax lien on my property?
  If you do not pay your unsecured tax bill by the due date, a penalty of 10% will be charged on the date of the delinquency. Additional penalties and costs will be charged beginning with the first day of the second month after the delinquency date. These penalties include 1.5% of the base tax each month and a $20.00 collection cost. Beginning with the first day of the third month after the delinquency date, an additional $29.00 will be charged.

In addition to the penalties, a tax lien will be recorded against you. The lien will be attached to every piece of property you own that is located in Los Angeles County. This lien also affects your credit score. Tax Liens are released when a bill is paid in full or whenever the bill is canceled by the Auditor/Controller.
 
bullet How do I get a tax lien removed from my property?
  We cannot remove the lien unless it was recorded in error. However, after you pay the taxes, penalties, and cost, we will send you a Release of Lien with instructions on how to record the document to prove that the delinquency has been paid in full. Please call (213) 893-7935 for more information. We are located at:

KENNETH HAHN HALL OF ADMINISTRATION
225 NORTH HILL STREET, ROOM 122
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90012
 
Property Values
bullet What requirements need to be met to qualify for temporary tax reduction as a result of damage to my property?
  If your property has suffered damage of $10,000 or more as a result of a calamity, such as fire or flooding, you are eligible for a reduction in your property taxes. Your property will be immediately reappraised by the Assessor's Office and you will receive a corrected tax bill or refund. The adjustment and proration of taxes will be based upon the reduction in value from the date of damage to the end of the fiscal year in which the damage occurred, or until the structure is repaired or replaced.

Click here to download the Application for Reassessment of Property Damaged or Destroyed by Misfortune or Calamity. The application must be filed within 12 months of the occurrence of the damage.
 
bullet After my property is rebuilt or repaired, will my property taxes be increased?
  Yes, but only to the level they were before the damage occurred. This is true if the improvements are rebuilt in a like or similar manner, regardless of the actual cost of the rebuilding. You DO NOT lose your Proposition 13 benefits. However, if additional living space or other significant improvements are made in addition to the repair, additional taxes may result.
 
bullet Is there an exclusion for transfers between parents and children? (Proposition 58)
  Proposition 58 (Parent and Child Transfers)

Proposition 58 is a constitutional initiative passed by California voters. It provides property tax relief by preventing the reassessment (change in base year value) of real property when it is transferred between parents and children. The transfer may be a gift, an inheritance or a title change such as adding or deleting a name. In order to receive this exclusion, either party must file a claim. In general, the claim must be filed within three years of the date of transfer (date of the recorded document or date of death), but before the property is transferred or sold to a third party.

For additional information, call the Assessor's Proposition Unit at (213) 893-1239. Claim forms are also available at all of the Assessor's office locations and online at the Assessor's forms webpage. Also, you may read more about Proposition 58 in the Assessor's brochure.
 
bullet Is property tax relief available for senior citizen's? (Proposition 60 and 90)
  Proposition 60 and 90
(Senior Citizen s Replacement Dwelling Benefit)


Propositions 60 and 90 are constitutional initiatives passed by California voters. They provide property tax relief for persons age 55 and older by preventing reassessment when a senior citizen sells his/her existing residence and purchases or constructs a replacement residence worth the same or less than the original residence. This allows the senior citizen to continue to pay approximately the same amount of annual property taxes as before. The Assessor transfers the factored base value of the original residence to the replacement residence. For legal reference, see Section 69.5 of the Revenue & Taxation Code, available at http://www.boe.ca.gov/lawguides/property/current/ptlg/rt/69-5.html.

The replacement property and the original property, at the time of its sale, must have been eligible for the Homeowners' Exemption or entitled to the Disabled Veterans' Exemption. Besides being lesser in value, the replacement property must be purchased or newly constructed within two years, before or after the sale of the original property.

Proposition 60 is available when both the original and replacement properties are located within the same county such as Los Angeles County. Proposition 90 is available when the original and replacement properties are located in different counties. However, not all counties have passed an ordinance allowing Proposition 90. Currently, those counties accepting Proposition 90 are Alameda, San Diego, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Orange, San Mateo and Ventura. This list is subject to change. Please check with the local county assessor before purchasing a replacement property.

A claim must be filed within three years of purchasing or completing new construction of the replacement property. If a claim is filed after the three year period, relief will be granted beginning with the calendar year in which the claim was filed. Proposition 60 or 90 can only be granted one time. For additional information, call the Assessor's Proposition Unit at (213) 893-1239. Claim forms are available at all of the Assessor's Offices and may be downloaded at the Assessor's website. Also, you may read more about Proposition 60 and 90 in the Assessor's brochure.
 
bullet Why did my taxes go up more than 2 percent?
  Proposition 13 limits increases in assessed value to no more than 2 percent per year until the property has a change in ownership or any new construction is completed at which time the property must be reassessed. The assessed value is the full cash or market value at the time of the purchase plus the incremental market value of each subsequent new construction. This proposition was approved on June 6, 1978 and took effect as of July 1, 1978.

Although your assessed value may only increase no more than 2 percent per year, the amount of your taxes may increase by a higher percentage for a number of reasons. The tax rate in your area can change as new bonds are added or decrease as bonds are paid off. Direct assessments/special charges can also cause an increase or decrease as they are added or removed. These special charges are added to the tax bill by local districts and cities. A sewer assessment is a typical special charge that is added to the tax bill.
 
bullet What should I do if I do not agree with the Assessor s value of my property?
  If you have any questions concerning the assessment of your property, contact the Assessor's Office to discuss your assessments and request an informal review. The Assessor's website contains contact information for office locations.

If you disagree with the Assessor's property assessment, you can appeal the assessed value with the Assessment Appeals Board. Contact the Assessment Appeals Board regarding the filing periods for regular, supplemental, or escape assessments. http://bos.co.la.ca.us/Categories/PropertyTaxAppeals.htm.
 
bullet What is Homeowners  Exemption (HOX)?
  If you own a home and occupy it as your residence on the tax lien date of January 1, you may apply for a Homeowners' Exemption. The exemption will reduce your assessed value by $7,000. On an average, you will save between $70.00 and $80.00 on your taxes.

If you are a new owner, you will automatically receive an exemption claim form in the mail. There is no cost to file. To receive 100 percent of the exemption ($7,000), you must file by February 15. If you file after February 15 but before December 10, you will receive 80 percent of the exemption ($5,600).

The exemption can be applied to your change of ownership supplemental if the prior owner of the property (seller) was not receiving the exemption.

For more information or to request a claim form, call the Assessor's Office at (213) 974-3211 or toll free at (888) 807-2111. You may also email the Assessor at helpdesk@assessor.lacounty.gov
 
Ownership
bullet How can I change my mailing address?
  Mailing address changes for property owned by and held in the name of an individual or individuals can be submitted by filling out a Change of Mailing Address Form. The form must be printed, signed and mailed to the Assessor's Office at 500 W. Temple St. Room 301 Los Angeles, CA 90012-2770.

Additional documentation is required to change the mailing address for property held in a trust, in the estate of a deceased, or owned by a LLC, Corporation, or Partnership. Please click here for a check list of required documents.

If you wish to speak directly with the Assessor's public service staff, please see Office Locations for the addresses and telephone numbers of their central and district public service counters.
 
bullet What do I do to obtain a Mobile Home Tax Clearance Certificate?
  To obtain a Certificate of Tax Clearance on your mobile home, you must submit a written request. You may fax your request to (213) 633-5004 or mail to 225 North Hill Street, Room 160, Los Angeles, California 90054-0970.

Please include address and mobile home location, decal number, current registered owner, serial number, name of buyer, mailing address and daytime telephone number.
 
bullet How do I find the owner of the property?
  The Assessor's office does not provide owner name information on their website. However, you may visit one of the Assessor's offices and obtain this information. Please go to Office Locations for the addresses and telephone numbers of the Assessor's central and district public service counters. Alternatively, you may request owner information for a specific property by filling out a Public Inquiry Form or e-mailing the Assessor's Public Correspondence Unit at helpdesk@assessor.lacounty.gov. Be sure to provide the Assessor's Identification Number and/or complete address of the property you are inquiring.
 
bullet Can I get information on how to change title?
  If you want to add or remove someone's name from the property tax records, you must record the appropriate document with the County Registrar-Recorder's Office in Norwalk. That office can be located at http://www.lavote.net/. Concurrently, with the deeds being filed with the Recorder, you will also need to file the appropriate Change in Ownership Statement with the Assessor's Office. Change in Ownership Statements are available on the Assessor's website.

Before you record any document, you should speak with your tax advisor for information about any potential reassessment (tax increase) that may result from your recordation.
 
bullet I no longer own my business, why am I being billed?
  Business personal property taxes are similar to vehicle registration fees. If you are the owner of the record as of January 1 (the lien date), you are responsible for the taxes for the entire year. Even if you sell, dispose, or remove the property after January 1, you are still legally responsible for the entire tax bill. We cannot prorate the tax bill. Any proration of the tax amount is strictly a private matter between buyer and seller.

If you sold, disposed or removed your personal property prior to January 1 and receive a tax bill, you should immediately contact the Assessor's Office. The regional office telephone number is printed on the tax bill in the Orange Box underneath the Assessed Values. If you do not have a bill, call the Assessor s Office at (213) 974-8613. You may also email the Assessor s Office at businesspp@assessor.lacounty.gov

Until the bill is cancelled on the Tax Collector's System by the Auditor/Controller, collection attempts will continue, including the filing of a tax lien.
 
bullet Do you have information for new property owners?
  What to expect:

Annual property tax bills are mailed every year in October to the owner of record as of January 1 of that year. If you do not receive the original bill by November 1, contact the County Tax Collector or Assessor for a duplicate bill. Note, the original bill may still have the prior owner's name on it the first year.

You should also expect to receive either one or two separate supplemental bills, which are in addition to your annual bill. These supplemental bills are for the difference in value between your new value and the seller's prior value. Supplemental bills are generally issued between three months to one year after you acquired the property. After you receive these supplemental bills, you can expect to receive only one bill a year thereafter. However, new supplemental bills will be created if there is another change in ownership or new construction event occurring on the property. Generally, supplemental taxes are not covered by impound accounts, and you are directly responsible for making payments.

Annual taxes are payable in two installments, the first is due November 1. It becomes delinquent if not paid by December 10. The second installment is due February 1, and becomes delinquent if not paid by April 10. Supplemental bills will have unique due dates as shown on the bill.

Locating tax amounts and payment status can be accessed throughout the year on the Tax Collector's website at http://ttc.lacounty.gov/. You will need your Assessor's Identification Number (AIN) to use this feature.

If you purchased a home or condominium in a new development:

It is possible your property tax parcel number may not be created as of your purchase date or by the time the first annual taxes are due. If your property address is not yet on our records, you will need your legal description and Assessors Identification Number in order to properly index your situation with the County Assessor and County Tax Collector. You can locate this on your deed or title report. County Assessor staff should then be able to tell you when your first annual bill will be assessed and what to expect.
 

If you would like additional information regarding any of these subjects, you may submit your question to our public service staff by using our Public Inquiry Form.



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