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San Jose Business Tax Certificate – Recent Law Change


The City of San Jose has changed the ordinance covering owners of residential and nonresidential rental property located within the City limits. The new ordinance requires owners of one or more rental units to register with the City, obtain a Business Tax Certificate, and pay an annual fee.

The City extended the deadline to register and pay the required tax to December 15, 2017, to allow additional processing time for the increased persons that now are required to register. If the payment of the business tax is made after December 15, 2017, then interest and penalties will accrue retroactive to July 1, 2017.

The minimum charge for a business license is now $195 plus additional tax due depending on the number of rental units you own.

Due to your rental unit/s located in the city of San Jose, we recommend registering online and search for “Register your business” as soon as possible. There is a specific online registration form for your rental property. After you register and receive your invoice and Business Account Number, you can revisit the website to pay for your business license online using ACH, credit or debit card.

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San Jose, CA 95126
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