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, 2014.
  • Payment of the second installment must be received or postmarked by 5:00pm on April 10, 2015.

Note: For 2014-2015 the tax rate is 1.1743%

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

The city is divided into 45 volumes -- your volume number indicates the section where your property is located.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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 2014-2015, the

    tax rate is 1.1743%.

  • Property location Address of the home, building, or vacant lot.
  • Owner of Record Property owner as of January 1, each year
  • 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 open a service request here if you have any questions.
  • 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.
  • Net Taxable Value (Gross Taxable Value of your property) - (Exemptions)
  • 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:


    Category: Taxes

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