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Pay Your Business Tax Bill
If you do business or own any kind of rental property in the City of Oakland, you will need to file and pay an annual business tax.
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Paying Fees and Taxes in Oakland
The non-refundable business registration fee is $88.00 plus $6 in special fees for $94 total. This is due within 30 days of the business or rental start date. If your business is located in Oakland, you are also required to obtain a zoning permit from the Zoning Department
If you are renting out residential property you will need to register with the City's Rent Adjustment Program. Once you're registered with the RAP, you will also need to pay a rent adjustment fee of $68 per rental unit.
Who is required to file for a business tax?
All persons conducting business within the City of Oakland. Included are commercial/industrial and residential rental property owners, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, service companies, self-employed persons, independent contractors and businesses conducted within one's home, and non-profit organizations.
How often do I need to pay my business taxes?
Business Tax must be paid ANNUALLY, not later than March 1st of each year. It is the taxpayer's responsibility to renew the business tax on time .
What happens if I don't register and pay my business tax?
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE BUSINESS TAX ORDINANCE REQUIREMENTS IS A MISDEMEANOR VIOLATION. A NOTICE OF VIOLATION AND/OR CITATION MAY BE ISSUED. A LIEN IS FILED ON RENTAL PROPERTY. WHERE TO REGISTER AND PAY BUSINESS TAX (in person or by mail) CITY OF OAKLAND FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT AGENCY BUSINESS TAX OFFICE 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 1320 Oakland, CA 94612 Phone (510) 238-3704 Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Then on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, ATM and ATM check cards accepted.
*Legal Notice: This page does not constitute final or complete interpretation of all legal requirements that may apply to your particular type of business. There are other taxes and/or fees that may apply. Please give complete and accurate information when submitting your application.