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Business Tax Rates

The following charts present the business tax rate structure along with the current and inflation adjusted rate to be effective July 1, 2018:

Employee Count

Every person engaged in business in the City shall pay a business tax based on employee count 1, unless the basis of the tax is otherwise prescribed in the San José Municipal Code.

Businesses: Employee Count 1
JuLY 2018 - JuNE 2019
Effective July 1, 2019 3
Base Tax: 1-2 Employees
$197.90
$200.85
Incremental Tax: 3-35 2
$30.90
$31.80
Incremental Tax: 36-100 2
$41.20
$42.40
Incremental Tax: 101-500 2
$51.50
$53.00
Incremental Tax: 501+ 2
$61.80
$63.65
Cap
$154,500
$159,135

1 Businesses choose between calculating the number of employees based on full-time equivalent (FTE) or based on the number employers report to the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

2 Incremental tax rates are applicable per employee.

3 As prescribed in San Jose Municipal Code Section 4.76.365, the base tax rate shall be adjusted annually if the cost of living in the City has increased over the preceding base period as shown by the Consumer Price Index (All Urban Consumers for All Items for the San Francisco-Oakland-San José Area) using February to February data; limited to 1.5% per year on the minimum base tax, 3.0% per year on the incremental tax brackets, and 3.0% per year on the cap.

Residential Rental Property Units

Every person in the City engaged in the business of renting or leasing any residential real estate shall pay a business tax based on the number of rental units held for rental, unless the basis of the tax is otherwise prescribed in the San José Municipal Code.

Residential Landlords: Rental Units
July 2018 - June 2019
Effective July 1, 2019 2
Base Tax: 1-2 Units
$197.90
$200.85
Incremental Tax: 3-35 1
$10.30
$10.60
Incremental Tax: 36-100 1
$15.45
$15.90
Incremental Tax: 101-500 1
$20.60
$21.20
Incremental Tax: 501+ 1
$25.75
$26.50
Cap
$154,500
$159,135

1 Incremental tax rates are applicable per unit.

2 As prescribed in San Jose Municipal Code Section 4.76.450, the base tax rate shall be adjusted annually if the cost of living in the City has increased over the preceding base period as shown by the Consumer Price Index (All Urban Consumers for All Items for the San Francisco-Oakland-San José Area) using February to February data; limited to 1.5% per year on the minimum base tax, 3.0% per year on the incremental tax brackets, and 3.0% per year on the cap.

Commercial (Non-Residential) Rental Property Units

Every person in the City engaged in the business of renting or leasing any nonresidential real estate shall pay a business tax based on the square footage of space held for rental, unless the basis of the tax is otherwise prescribed in the San José Municipal Code.

Commercial Landlords July 2018 - June 2019 Effective July 1, 2019 2
Base Tax $197.90 $200.85
Flat Incremental Tax: Per Square Foot 1 $0.02575 $0.0265
Cap $154,500 $159,135

1 Incremental tax rates are applicable per square foot.

2 As prescribed in San Jose Municipal Code Section 4.76.450, the base tax rate shall be adjusted annually if the cost of living in the City has increased over the preceding base period as shown by the Consumer Price Index (All Urban Consumers for All Items for the San Francisco-Oakland-San José Area) using February to February data; limited to 1.5% per year on the minimum base tax, 3.0% per year on the incremental tax brackets, and 3.0% per year on the cap.

Mobile Home Parks Rental Units

Every person in the City engaged in the business of renting or leasing any mobile home parks shall pay a business tax based on the number of lots held for rental, unless the basis of the tax is otherwise prescribed in the San José Municipal Code.

Mobile Home Parks - Rental Lot July 2018 - June 2019 Effective July 1, 2019 2
Base Tax: 1-2 Lots $197.90 $200.85
Incremental Tax: 3+ Lots 1 $10.30 $10.60
Cap $154,500 $159,135

1 Incremental tax rates are applicable per unit.

2 As prescribed in San Jose Municipal Code Section 4.76.450, the base tax rate shall be adjusted annually if the cost of living in the City has increased over the preceding base period as shown by the Consumer Price Index (All Urban Consumers for All Items for the San Francisco-Oakland-San José Area) using February to February data; limited to 1.5% per year on the minimum base tax, 3.0% per year on the incremental tax brackets, and 3.0% per year on the cap.

Water Meter Connections

Every person in the City engaged in the business of operating any water meter connections shall pay a business tax based on the number connections, unless the basis of the tax is otherwise prescribed in the San José Municipal Code.

Water Meter Connections July 2018 - June 2019 Effective July 1, 2019 2
Base Tax $197.90 $200.85
Flat Incremental Tax: 1+ Connections 1 $1.03 $1.06
Cap $154,500 $159,135

1 Incremental tax rates are applicable per connection.

2 As prescribed in San Jose Municipal Code Section 4.76.485, the base tax rate shall be adjusted annually if the cost of living in the City has increased over the base period as shown by the Consumer Price Index (All Urban Consumers for All Items for the San Francisco-Oakland-San José Area) using February to February data; limited to 1.5% per year on the minimum base tax, 3.0% per year on the incremental tax brackets, and 3.0% per year on the cap.

Out of Town Businesses

Every person engaged in business in the City shall pay a business tax based on employee count1, unless the basis of the tax is otherwise prescribed in the San José Municipal Code.

Out of Businesses:
Employee Count 1
Effective July 1, 2019 3
120+ Days 90-119 Days 30-89 Days 6-29 Days 5 or Less Days 4
Base Tax: 1-2 Employees $200.85 $98.95 $74.21 $49.48 $0.00

Flat Incremental Tax:

3-35 2

$31.80 $15.90 $11.92 $7.95 $0.00
Flat Incremental Tax: 36-100 2
$42.40 $21.20 $15.90 $10.60 $0.00
Flat Incremental Tax: 101-500 2
$53.00 $26.50 $19.87 $13.25 $0.00
Flat Incremental Tax: 500+ 2
$63.65 $31.82
$23.86 $15.91 $0.00
Cap $159,135 $159,135
$159,135
$159,135
$0.00

1 Businesses choose between calculating the number of employees based on full-time equivalent (FTE) or based on the number employers report to the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

2 Incremental tax rates are applicable per employee.

3 As prescribed in San Jose Municipal Code Section 4.76.485, the base tax rate shall be adjusted annually if the cost of living in the City has increased over the base period as shown by the Consumer Price Index (All Urban Consumers for All Items for the San Francisco-Oakland-San José Area) using February to February data; limited to 1.5% per year on the minimum base tax, 3.0% per year on the incremental tax brackets, and 3.0% per year on the cap.

4 For businesses in San Jose only 5 or less days, there is no fee, but the business is still required to submit registration.

Historic Business Tax Rates

$30.90
$30.90

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