San Francisco’s largest source of income are the revenues received from taxes, the City Attorney’s Tax Team fulfills an important role in city government. The team is charged with representing the wide variety of city departments that handle various tax issues including: the Assessor-Recorder, the Controller, the Tax Collector and the Treasurer, as well as San Francisco Employee’s Retirement System, Health and Social Services and the ERD.
Tax team deputies provide their clients with a range of advice regarding business tax., property tax, sales tax, utility users’ tax, transient occupancy tax and franchise taxes and fees. The tax team also represents and defends the City’s position in litigation and administrative hearings before the Assessment Apeal Board and the Board of Review. Most of the litigation and the administrative hearings handled by the tax team involve taxpayers who are contesting tax assessments.