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How to Read Your Property Tax Bill

Your secured property tax bill, mailed annually on or before November 1, comes in three parts:

  • The itemized bill detail for your records
  • Payment stub to be sent in with the First Installment payment (bottom of page)
  • Payment stub to be sent in with the Second Installment payment (middle of page)

You may either pay the entire tax when the first installment is due (sending in both payment stubs), or pay in two installments.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

This year:

  • Payment of the first installment must be received or postmarked by 5:00pm on December 10, 2013.
  • Payment of the second installment must be received or postmarked by 5:00pm on April 10, 2014.

Note: For 2013-2014 the tax rate is 1.1880%

Here is a sample tax bill. Click on a red number to go to the detailed explanation below.

How to Read your Tax Billvolumeblock and lot numberaccount numbertax rateproperty locationowner of recordmailing addressassessment informationnet taxable valuedirect charges and/or special assessmentstotal duesample tax bill
ITEMIZED DETAIL

  1. Volume
    The city is divided into 45 volumes -- your volume number indicates the section where your property is located.
  2. Block and Lot Number
    Property is described by Block and Lot numbers according to the city's assessment map. Please refer to this official lot and block number as shown on your tax bill in any request for information. Please write the block and lot numbers on your check.
  3. Account Number
    This is the nine-digit number or string (sometimes alphanumeric) that uniquely identifies a property for use in payment via "Bill Pay" services..
  4. Tax Rate
    The annual tax rate is recommended by the Controller, adopted by the Board of Supervisors and approved by the Mayor. The tax rate varies slightly from year to year. For 2013-2014, the tax rate is 1.1880%.
  5. Property location
    Address of the home, building, or vacant lot.
  6. Owner of Record
    Property owner as of January 1, each year
  7. Mailing Address
    The Office of the Assessor-Recorder should be notified in writing of any change in mailing address to ensure the correctness of future mailings. The owner's name and new permanent mailing address should be submitted immediately to the Office of the Assessor-Recorder, City Hall, Room 190, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, 94102. Please call the Assessor/Recorder's office at (415) 554-5596 or call (415) 701-2311 if you have any questions.
  8. Assessment Information
    Generally, the assessed value of your property is the cash equivalent or market value at the time of purchase. This value increases not more than 2% per year until the property is sold or any new construction is completed, at which time it must be reassessed. For more information on how the assessed value is determined, contact the Assessor's Office at (415) 554-5596. Gross Taxable Value is [land + improvements + fixtures + personal property (if applicable)] Exemptions are provided by law to certain property owners. The Homeowner's Exemption applies to homeowners who live in the property on the lien date. The Homeowner's Exemption is $7,000. Other exemptions include veterans/disabled veterans, churches, religious entities, and some charitable organizations.
  9. Net Taxable Value
    (Gross Taxable Value of your property) - (Exemptions)
  10. Direct Charges and/or Special Assessments
    Additional fees or outstanding city debts may be added to your property tax bill by other city departments. Please contact the appropriate department (listed below) directly for further information:
    Assessment # Description Phone #
    29 Rent Stabilization Fee (415) 554-4452
    31 Civic Center CBD (415) 626-1819
    35 ABAG CFD04-1 (916) 561-0890
    39 Redevelopment CFD (South Beach) (415) 749-2471
    40 MB Maintenance CFD #5 (415) 749-2471
    41 MB South CFD #6 (415) 749-2471
    44 Time Share Fee (415) 554-5596
    50 Sidewalk Repair (415) 554-5797
    52 Demolition & Restoration (415) 558-6001
    55 Building Inspection (415) 558-6220
    56 Bayshore Hester A.D. (866) 807-6864
    57 Union Square BID (415) 781-7880
    60 Water Lien (415) 551-4760
    61 Noe Valley CBD (415) 519-0093
    62 North Market/Tenderloin (415) 292-4812
    63 Upper Market/ Castro (415) 550-1181
    64 Fisherman's Wharf (415) 673-3530
    65 2500 Block of Mission (650) 347-6014
    66 Central Market CBD (415) 957-5985
    68 ABAG CFD06-1 (SF Rincon Hill) (916) 561-0890
    69 ABAG CFD06-2 (SF Mint Plaza Area) (916) 561-0890
    70 Garbage Lien (RES) (415) 252-3872
    71 Garbage Lien (COMM) (415) 252-3872
    72 Blight Related (Graffiti) (415) 554-5647
    73 Ocenan Avenue CBD (650) 273-6223
    76 Top of Broadway CBD (415) 554-4984
    78 Blight ASAP (415) 554-5797
    79 Dw Code Enf Fee (415) 558-6288
    89 SFUSD Facilities District (415) 355-2203
    91 SFCCD Parcel Tax (415) 487-2400
    92 Apartment House License Fee (415) 558-6288
    93 Hotel License Fee (415) 558-6288
    96 Yerba Buena CBD (415) 644-0728
    98 SF-Teacher Support (415) 355-2203

    UPDATED 11/01/2013

  11. Total Due
    (Net Taxable Value * Tax Rate) + (Total Direct Charges and Special Assessments) The total due is divided into two equal installments.

FIRST INSTALLMENT - Payment must be received or postmarked by 5:00pm on December 10, 2013. (If/when December 10 falls on a weekend or legal holiday, no penalty will be charged if payment is received or postmarked by 5:00pm on the next business day.)
Return this portion with your payment and please write block and lot numbers on your check. Your cancelled check is your receipt. Verification of payment can also be printed from this website once the payment has been processed and the payment information has been uploaded to the site.

  1. Amount Due (First Installment) 
    Total due if payment is received or postmarked by the delinquency date (for the current fiscal year, the delinquency date is December 10, 2013)
  2. Total Delinquent Installment Due (First Installment) 
    A 10% delinquency penalty will be added to any balance not received or postmarked by 5:00pm on December 10, 2013.
  3. Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund and Other Donations: 
    Check this box if you are interested in giving an additional amount to the Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund (VACF) and enclose a separate check for the amount of your contribution. Other donation opportunities are provided at www.Give2SF.org

SECOND INSTALLMENT - Payment must be received or postmarked by 5:00pm on April 10, 2014. (If/when April 10 falls on a weekend or legal holiday, no penalty will be charged if payment is received or postmarked by 5:00pm on the next business day.)
The second installment may be paid separately only if the first installment has been paid. No additional notice will be sent when the second installment is due, so we suggest that you mark your calendar as a reminder.
Return this portion with your payment and please write block and lot numbers on your check. Your cancelled check is your receipt. Verification of payment can also be printed from this website once the payment has been processed and the payment information has been uploaded to the site.

  1. Amount Due (Second Installment) 
    Total due if payment is received or postmarked by the delinquency date (for the current fiscal year, the delinquency date is April 10, 2014)
  2. Total Delinquent Installment Due (First Installment) 
    A 10% delinquency penalty plus a $45 delinquent fee will be added to any balance not received or postmarked by 5:00pm on April 10, 2014.
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