San Francisco, California Property Tax Law

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In San Francisco, California, the government imposes a tax (a legally-mandated payment made to the government) on real property. "Real property" is defined as any piece of land, or object permanently or semi-permanently adhered to the land (such as buildings, trees, minerals, etc.).

In San Francisco, California, property taxes are measured as a percentage of the land's value. They are most often paid annually. But in any case, they are paid at some set interval.

The federal government almost never imposes property taxes directly. Property taxes are collected nearly exclusively by state, county, and local governments.

How Property Tax is Calculated in San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California property taxes are usually calculated as a percentage of the value of the taxable property. Rates vary widely across the country, usually ranging from less than 1% at the low end, to about 5% at the high end.

To collect the property tax in a fair and consistent manner, San Francisco, California tax authorities need to have an objective formula for determining the value of land under its jurisdiction.

In some ways, value is a subjective thing. For example, the home in which you grew up is probably worth far more to you than its market value. To get around this, the government uses nothing but objective factors in determining how much a piece of real property is worth.

With that in mind, the land appraisers in San Francisco, California look at several factors, including the state of the local real estate market, the square footage of the house, and the permissible use (zoning) of the land.

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How A San Francisco, California Property Tax Attorney Can Help.

In San Francisco, California, property taxes can become pretty complex. Legal disputes can arise in the property tax context, even if there is no wrongdoing, and the dispute arises from an honest misunderstanding. You might have a good reason to suspect that a mistake was made when your property was appraised, resulting in a higher tax bill than you believe you legally owe, for example.

If you encounter a legal issue with your San Francisco, California property taxes, and don't handle it properly, unnecessary inconvenience and expense can result. If you have the help of a competent tax attorney in San Francisco, California, however, the odds of encountering such a problem will be small.

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Life in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most exciting cities in California.  Known for its diverse population, liberal atmosphere, and gorgeous location, San Francisco is a small area that has a lot to check out!

One of the most famous attractions is the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.  Gorgeous views of this attraction can be seen from the Lands End hike.  Of course, nothing beats actually driving on the bridge and experiencing its beauty. 

Other popular attractions include the San Francisco Museum of Art, Chinatown, Ghiradelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 39, Golden Gate Park, the Metreon, Union Square, and the beautiful Embarcadero. 

Really a few paragraphs cannot encompass the diverse, fun, and exciting vibe of this hip metropolitan city.  San Francisco's downtown is known at the "Financial District," which has offices of many high-tech start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, as well as law firms!  Everyone from small, to mid-size, to large multi-national firms have an office location in San Francisco.  What is great is that Northern California residents can shop around and choose the attorney and/or firm that will suit their needs best.  Simply put, San Francisco has it all. 

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