Newsletter: Summer 2008 | Keeping you informed about the Treasurer's Office of San Francisco
From the Office of Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco

everyone is welcome
If you are being threatened with foreclosure in San Francisco—whether you are renting or own your home—help is available.

The City and County of San Francisco is working hard to keep San Franciscans in their homes during this economic crisis. The City established a Fair Lending Working Group, through the efforts of Supervisor Maxwell, Assessor-Recorder Ting, and Treasurer José Cisneros, which was comprised of representatives from community-based organizations that counsel at-risk homeowners, financial service institutions, the mortgage broker industry, real estate professionals, and advocacy groups. The group's recommendations fall within four policy objectives: preserving homeownership and preventing foreclosure; preventing predatory lending practices; protecting tenants rights during and after foreclosure; and ensuring that affordable housing development and retention remains a top City priority.

Homeowners facing foreclosure can contact the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) at (888) 780-5850; the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC) at (415) 822-1022; AsianInc. at (415) 928-5910; or the San Francisco Consumer Credit Counseling Service at (800) 355-2227.

Tenants can contact the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco at (415) 703-8644; Comite De Vivienda San Pedro at (415) 487-9203; or the Asian Law Caucus at (415) 896-1701.
Houses, Family, Dog
"distributing public transportation items is a great way to serve the needs of the public and to increase the use of public transit, which really benefits us all." –José Cisneros, San Francisco Treasurer

small business assistance center
Apply for the San Francisco Working Families Credit—and Get Your Taxes Done for Free. Households that earned less than $45,000 in 2008 can have their tax filings prepared for free by Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, the Bay Area's largest free tax assistance program. The program, led by United Way, is available at more than 170 free tax sites throughout the Bay Area until April 15. In 2008, the coalition processed $35.6 million in refunds for 46,924 Bay Area households.

Working Families Credit"Families can save literally hundreds of dollars in unnecessary fees this tax season by following three simple steps," said Treasurer José Cisneros. "First, get your taxes prepared for free by a trained tax preparer at an Earn It! Keep It! Save It! tax preparation site. Second, don't spend money on a rapid refund loan. Third, use direct deposit to your checking or savings account to get your refund in as little as 7-10 days and avoid check-cashing fees."

Earn It! Keep It! Save It! tax preparation sites can be found by visiting In addition, the San Francisco Working Families Credit (WFC) rewards qualified low-income working families in San Francisco with $100.

More information about the Working Families Credit can be found at
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Property Tax Bills Due
April 10, 2009

For the 2008-09 fiscal year, the first secured property tax installment was delinquent after December 10, 2008, and the second installment is delinquent if not paid by April 10, 2009.

There are several ways to pay your property tax bill. The bill may be paid by mail using the envelopes enclosed with your bill. Be sure to mail early so that the envelope is received or postmarked by April 10. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "SF Tax Collector" and should have the Block and Lot number written on them. Never send cash.

You can pay your property tax bill in person in Room 140 of City Hall; over the telephone by calling 1-800-890-1950; or online at using a credit card, debit card or E-check. Convenience fees apply to credit card, debit card and E-check transactions.

The secured property tax amount is based on the assessed value of the property as established each year on January 1 by the Office of the Assessor/Recorder. The annual tax bill is sent to the mailing address on file by the end of October, and covers the fiscal year beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30 of the following calendar year.

dog licenses
Did you know that every person owning, keeping, or having control of any dog over the age of four months must obtain a current San Francisco Dog License?

The Treasurer's Office issues City dog licenses. You may choose to apply for a license that is valid for one, two, or three years. To apply for a dog license you can file online at, or submit an application available at The license fee varies, but fees are discounted if the dog has been spayed or neutered, and if the owner/guardian is a senior citizen.

If you have any questions about obtaining or renewing a dog license, please call the Treasurer's Office License Section at (415) 554-6449. The license section is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in Room 110 of City Hall.