The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector has taken several actions to alleviate the growing financial burdens on San Francisco taxpayers and to address the related economic downturn due to COVID-19. The City has also created a one-stop website for employers and employees outlining all existing resources, contacts and updates. Please visit our Help Center or call 311 with any further questions.
Property Tax Penalty Waivers
If you were unable to pay your property taxes by the May 15, 2020 deadline because of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to submit an online request for a penalty waiver. If approved, you will be able pay your bill without the 10% late payment penalty and $45 administrative fee. As a result of the Governor's Executive Order N-61-20, if you are approved for a waiver and you were unable to pay your property taxes for your primary residence or small business because of the COVID-19 crisis, you will have until May 6, 2021 to pay your bill without incurring any late payment penalties.
Deferral of Business Taxes for Small Businesses
In order to provide immediate cash-flow assistance to small businesses, Treasurer Cisneros partnered with Mayor Breed and deferred the next round of quarterly businesses taxes for small businesses. Businesses are generally required to pre-pay their first quarter business taxes for current tax year by April 30th. This action will allow businesses to defer payment due to February 2021. No interest payments, fees, or fines will accrue as a result of the deferral. This benefit will be offered to businesses with up to $10 million in gross receipts, benefiting approximately 8,050 businesses with an average $5,400 tax payment deferral each.
Deferral of Business Registration Fee
The City will extend the 2021 Business Registration Fee deadline by four months to September 30, 2020 instead of by May 31, 2020. This will lead to $49 million in deferrals for 89,000 businesses. The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector encourages all businesses who can register and pay their fee on time to do so. This revenue helps keep the government running and provides vital services that the public relies on.
Deferral of Business Licensing Fees
The City will provide further tax relief for small businesses by delaying the collection of the unified license bill, which includes but is not limited to, charges to restaurants and food businesses, bars, convenience stores, many small retailers, hotels, and tour operators, from City departments that include: Department of Public Health, Entertainment Commission, Fire Department, and Police Department. The due date for license fees otherwise due on March 31, 2020, is extended to September 30, 2020. The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector anticipates that the three-month delay will lead to $14 million in deferrals impacting approximately, 11,000 businesses.
Suspension of Certain Collections Activities
The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector has stopped the following activities for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis: post-judgment collections (for example, bank levy and wage garnishments), small courts claims filings, summary judgments, citation issuance, and property tax auctions. The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector, in conjunction with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has, on a temporary basis, suspended the collection of certain obligations owed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the SFMTA.
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