Secured Property Tax Due Dates

Secured Property Tax bills are mailed during the first two weeks of October. You may either pay the entire tax when the first installment is due, or pay in two installments.  

Property tax timeline

Delinquent after 5:00pm on:Penalties
December 10th (First Installment)10%
April 10th (Second Installment)10% plus $45 administrative fee
June 30th (property becomes tax-defaulted)Additional 1.5% per month plus redemption fee

 

Mailed between July 1 and October (mail date printed on bill):

Delinquent After 5:00 pm onPenalties
December 10 - 1st Installment               10%
April 10 - 2nd Installment               10% plus $45.00 administrative fee

 

Mailed between November 1 and June 30 (mail date printed on bill):

Delinquent After 5:00 pm onPenalties
Last day of the month after printed mailed date10%
Last day of the 4th month after the first installment delinquent date10% plus $45.00 administrative fee

Current year assessments:

Mailed Date Printed on Bill

1st Installment Delinquent after 5:00pm on:

Penalties

2nd Installment Delinquent after 5:00pm on:

Penalties

October 1 - October 31

December 10

10%

April 10

10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

November 1 - November 30

December 31

10%

April 10

10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

December 1 - December 31

January 31

10%

April 10

10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

January 1 - January 31

February 28

10%

April 10

10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

February 1 - February 29

March 31

10%

April 10

10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

March 1 - March 31

April 30

10%

April 30

10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

April 1 - April 30

May 31

10%

May 31

10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

May 1 - May 31

June 30

10%

June 30

10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

 

Escape Property Tax - Prior Year Assessments: 

Mailed Date Printed on Bill

Delinquent After 5:00pm onPenalties
Check mailed date printed on billLast day of the month following mailed date10% plus $45.00
administrative fee

Secured Escape assessments for prior fiscal years can be set up on a payment installment plan. An Escape Installment Plan allows taxpayers to make annual installment payments over a four-year period. To initiate an installment plan:

  1. Complete and sign a Secured Escape Installment Plan.
  2. Pay at least 20% of the total tax excluding delinquent penalties plus a $50 installment plan fee per parcel.

The Agreement form and payment can be submitted:

  • Via mail to: City and County Tax Collector, P.O. Box 7426, San Francisco, CA 94120-7426.
  • In person to: City Hall, room 140, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Did you know? 

You can view and print your current property tax statements by visiting the Property Tax Payment Portal. 

Go to the Property Tax Payment Portal

AVOID PENALTIES BY UNDERSTANDING POSTMARKS

Tax payments must be received or postmarked by the due date to avoid penalties. If a payment is received after the due date, with no postmark, the payment is considered late and penalties will be imposed.

POSTMARKS are imprints on letters, flats, and parcels that show the name of the United States Postal Service (USPS) office that accepted custody of the mail, along with the state, the zip code, and the date of mailing. The postmark is generally applied, either by machine or by hand, with cancellation bars to indicate that the postage cannot be reused. Foreign postmarks and private metered postage are not acceptable.

Taxpayers who send their payments by mail are cautioned that the USPS only postmarks certain mail depending on the type of postage used, and may not postmark mail on the same day deposited by a taxpayer.

Postage that is postmarked:

STANDARD POSTAGE STAMPS: Stamps purchased and affixed to mail as evidence of the payment of postage.

Postage that is not postmarked:

METERED MAIL: Mail on which postage is printed directly on an envelope or label by a postage machine licensed by the USPS. Many private companies use these types of postage machines.

PRE-CANCELED STAMP: Stamps sold through a private vendor, such as stamps.com®.

AUTOMATED POSTAL CENTER (APC) STAMPS: Stamps, with or without a date, purchased from machines located within a USPS lobby.

PERMIT IMPRINT: Pre-sorted mail used by bill pay services, such as online home banking.

If you use these types of postage, the USPS will not postmark your mail. You will be charged a penalty and fee, if applicable, if we do not receive your mailed payment by the due date.

Other options:

Purchase and complete a CERTIFICATE OF MAILING from the USPS, which is a receipt that provides evidence of the date that your mail was presented to the USPS for mailing. It can only be purchased at the time of mailing through the USPS. The USPS charges a fee for this service.

Purchase a POSTAGE VALIDATED IMPRINT (PVI) Label from a USPS retail counter or window. The PVI is applied to a piece of mail by personnel at the retail counter or window when postage has been paid to mail that item. The item is retained in USPS custody and is not handed back to the customer. The date printed on the PVI label is the date of mailing.

Avoid long lines and wait times at City Hall by paying online or by mail. 

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