SF Property Tax Payment – Due Date & Payment Method

The tax rate of San Francisco property tax for the current fiscal year (2023-24) is 1.17769382%. One can pay the tax by December 10.

SF Property Tax Payment

Each year, you’ll receive a Secured Property Tax bill from the San Francisco Treasurer & Tax Collector’s Office in October. 

The bill amount is calculated based on your property’s assessed value, determined by the Office of the Assessor-Recorder.

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For Fiscal Year 2023-24, the secured property tax rate is 1.17769382%. The first instalment is due on December 11, 2023.

Types of Property Taxes

There are two types of property taxes in San Francisco:

  • Secured: Applies to residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Bills are mailed in October and can be paid in full or in two instalments. The first instalment is due on December 10, 2023and the second instalment is due on April 10, 2024. Late payments incur penalties.
  • Unsecured: Applies to personal property like boats, aircraft, and business equipment. Bills are mailed in July and are due on August 31st.

SF Property Tax Payment Options

You have two options for paying your bill:

  • Pay in full: This is due when the first instalment is due.
  • Pay in two instalments: The first instalment is due on December 10th, 2023 and the second instalment is due on April 10, 2023.

SF Current Year Property Tax Due Dates

Due Dates for Current Year SF Property Taxes:

  • December 10th: First installment for all secured property taxes
  • April 10th: Second installment for all secured property taxes with an additional $55 administrative fee
  • June 30th: Property becomes tax-defaulted, incurring an additional 1.5% per month penalty plus a redemption fee
  • Supplemental property tax due dates:
    • Mailed July 1 – October 31: December 10th (First installment) with a 10% late penalty
    • Mailed November 1 – June 30: Last day of the month after the printed mailed date with a 10% late penalty
    • 4 months after first installment delinquent date: Additional 10% late penalty and $55 administrative fee

SF Property Tax Payment method

Payment methods for San Francisco property tax are:

Online

  • Payment types: eCheck (free), credit card (2.25% fee with $2 minimum), debit card (2.25% fee with $2 minimum)
  • Supported browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 11+, Windows EDGE, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari

Mail

  • Payment types: Check or money order payable to “SF Tax Collector”
  • Put the lot number and block on the memo line.
  • Deadline: Payment must be received or postmarked by the due date to avoid penalties.

SF Property Tax Payment

SF Property Tax Payment Dates & Penalties

Here’s a breakdown of the payment deadlines and associated penalties for SF property taxes:

Secured Property Taxes

Due Date Payment Penalty for Late Payment
December 10th First Instalment 10%
April 10th Second Instalment 10% + $55 administrative fee
June 30th Property becomes tax-defaulted Additional 1.5% per month + redemption fee

Supplemental Property Taxes

Mailed Date Due Date Penalty for Late Payment
July 1 – October 31 December 10th (First Instalment) 10%
November 1 – June 30 Month-ending date following the printed mail date 10%
4 months after first instalment delinquent date 10% + $55 administrative fee 10%

Avoid Penalties by Understanding Postmarks for SF Property Tax Payments

If you use non-postmarked postage for your property tax payment, the USPS will not mark the mailing date. This means your payment could be considered late, resulting in penalties and fees.

To avoid late penalties, ensure your property tax payment:

  • Is sent by the due date.
  • Uses standard postage stamps for a clear postmark.
  • Is clearly addressed to the correct office:

Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector

P.O. Box 7426

San Francisco, CA 94120-7426

By understanding postmarks and using standard postage stamps, you can ensure your SF property tax payment arrives on time and avoids unnecessary penalties.

Request a Penalty Waiver

The San Francisco Treasurer & Tax Collector’s Office may waive or cancel penalties, costs, fees, or interest in certain limited cases. If you believe you have a valid reason for requesting a waiver, you can submit a request online.

Supporting Documentation

To strengthen your case, be sure to provide any documentation that supports your request. This may include:

  • Proof of hardship, such as a medical bill or unemployment notice
  • Evidence of a mistake made by the Tax Collector’s Office
  • Proof of timely mailing of your payment (e.g., a postmarked receipt)

How to Submit a Request for Penalty Waiver?

  1. Visit the Penalty Waiver/Refund Request page on the Treasurer & Tax Collector’s website.
  2. Select the appropriate type of penalty waiver you are requesting:
    • Secured Property Tax Penalty Waiver
    • Unsecured Property Tax Penalty Waiver
    • Business Tax Penalty Waiver
    • Other Penalty Waiver
  3. Complete the online form and upload any supporting documentation.
  4. Submit your request.

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