About Us

The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector, serves as the banker, tax collector, collection agent, and investment officer for the City and County of San Francisco.

 

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Our Mission

The mission of the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector is to:

  • Facilitate voluntary compliance with the tax laws of the City and County of San Francisco by simplifying all processes and procedures and by providing efficient customer service.
  • Collect all taxes and fees due and owing to the City.
  • Conserve all City funds, prudently investing the monies to achieve maximum yield, low risk and high liquidity.

 

The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector serves two basic functions for the residents of the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF):

  1. The collection of taxes and other CCSF revenue.
    Through mail, in person in the City Payment Center, and now through the Internet, the Department collects and deposits taxes and other obligations paid to the City, including business taxes, property taxes, and fees for various business licenses and permits that are required by the Municipal Code. Tax Collection units collect over $2 billion annually in property taxes, business taxes, and license fees. Additionally, the Department investigates and collects unreported and delinquent tax obligations. Through the City Payment Center and the SFGov on-line CityServices website, the Department contracts tocollect current and delinquent obligations owed to other City Departments, such as the Water Department and Department of Public Health.
     
  2. The conservation and oversight of monies before disbursement.
    The Treasurer manages all city funds in order to gain the maximum return with low risk and high liquidity, including investing the City’s portfolio of pooled funds. The Treasurer works with all City departments to ensure that funds are received, deposited, and reconciled as quickly and accurately as possible, so as to provide maximum interest and investment returns for the people of San Francisco. The Department administers and monitors the deposit accounts and wire transactions of all City agencies and contracts with banks for financial services. The Department also disburses payments on the City’s General Obligation municipal bonds.

 

 

 

Biographies

 

Jose Cisneros

José Cisneros, Treasurer

José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, he serves as the City’s banker and Chief Investment Officer, managing all tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. Appointed in 2004, and first elected in 2005, Cisneros has used his experience in the tech and banking industries to enhance and modernize taxpayer systems and successfully manage the City’s portfolio through a major recession.

Treasurer Cisneros believes that his role of safeguarding the City’s money extends to all San Francisco residents, and continues to expand his role as a financial educator and advocate for low-income San Franciscans through award-winning programs like Kindergarten to College, Bank On San Francisco and the Financial Justice Project. Cisneros served as Vice Chair on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, and is currently Co-Chair of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition.

Prior to his role as Treasurer, Treasurer Cisneros served as Deputy General Manager for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. In this capacity, he managed MUNI’s $7 billion capital program designed to repair, replace and enhance system assets – including the 3rd Street Rail extension serving Chinatown, Mission Bay and the residents of Bay View and Hunters Point. Before working at MUNI, Treasurer Cisneros served as a member of the MTA Board of Directors and was instrumental in creating Proposition E, the Muni Reform Charter Amendment.

Treasurer Cisneros has a strong business background in the private sector, previously working for IBM Corporation and Lotus Development Corporation as a Senior International Product Manager. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Vice President at Bank of Boston where he managed financial product portfolios valued at over $100 million.

Treasurer Cisneros lives with his husband in San Francisco. He received his Bachelor of Science from Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and studied for an MBA at Boston University.

 

Tajel Shah, Chief Assistant Treasurer

Tajel Shah

As Chief Assistant Treasurer, Tajel Shah serves as Deputy to José Cisneros and manages investments, banking, cashiering, budget, solutions management, IT and human resources for the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector.

Ms. Shah joined the organization in January 2008. Prior to joining the Treasurer & Tax Collector, she managed policy and planning for the Department of Children, Youth and their Families for several years. Ms. Shah comes to the office with a unique blend of public and private sector experience, which includes leading global expansion for Organic Inc. – an internet company and managing several of their Fortune 500 clients. She also served as the first woman of color to lead the national advocacy organization, United States Student Association.

Ms. Shah grew up in New Jersey and holds a B.A. from Rutgers University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children and serves on several boards and commissions, including the San Francisco Unified School District’s Quality Teacher and Education Oversight Committee.

 

David Augustine, Tax Collector

David Augustine

In March 2013, Treasurer José Cisneros appointed David Augustine as San Francisco Tax Collector. The San Francisco Tax Collector is responsible for all tax collection in the City and is the ex offico license collector under California law.

Mr. Augustine joined the Office in 2004 as Policy & Legislative Manager, and was instrumental in the implementation of the Treasurer’s many innovative social programs, including Bank on San Francisco, Kindergarten to College, and the Working Families Credit program. As Tax Collector Attorney he represented the office in a number of bankruptcy proceedings and coordinated collections work with the Bureau of Delinquent Revenue.

Mr. Augustine is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and resides in San Francisco with his husband and daughter. Prior to joining the City he worked in municipal public finance, and with the New York City Mayor’s Office. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College. He is a member of the California State Bar.

Request for Proposals

Contracting opportunities with the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector are below. Please check this page often for updates or amendments. Due dates and minimum qualifications are included in the RFP documents.

 

Request for Proposals for Property Tax Solution - RFP#TTX2017-09

 

Request for Proposals for Payment Gateway Services - RFP#TTX2017-08

 

List of Expired RFPs