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City Business Tax Late Fees

     I am a judgment broker who often writes. Usually, I stick to positive or neutral subjects. However, I recently determined the San Jose, CA City government seems to purposely be making me pay late fees on my yearly city company license. My business is stable with a long-term record with them, and I've had the same mailing address for a decade.

For the previous 3 years consistently, I have been sent a late annual business license tax notice with massive extra late fees added. Each of the previous 3 years consistently, I was never mailed an original invoice or bill, nor was I called or emailed. Their letters having their order to pay my annual business license fee and for late fees backed up by a law, arrived in late February of every year for 3 years.

Each year, I called my S.J. company license department and asked why I never got an original notice, just the late letter. They always said they really did send me their regular notice months ago; however after 3 years in a row, I now believe it is a rip-off. There's not many companies who could get away with not mailing out their invoice, or advising you of an upcoming annual payment due; and then have a rights to send you an invoice with late fees added.

Perhaps this happens to many company people across San Jose, and maybe other places around the country. I know they didn't send me any bill before the late notice. I imagine if I wanted to speak to a supervisor, they would claim budget restrictions do not permit them to send out bill notices. My opinion is that if they could afford to send out their late payment demands, they can afford to send out their invoices before the date they are due.

I guess one solution is to set an annual reminder on a computer, to drive down to their office each year, pay to park, and pay for my business license in person; to insure that I won't get scammed with late fees. The problem is the parking fees, wasted gas, and the time it takes from business-hours.

An alternate solution might be for San Jose to put the date on their website, after that the late notice and penalty is added. This way, no notices would need to be mailed; however it would really help if San Jose could send out notices before their due date. Alas, the City of San Jose's website does not even spell San Jose right, and is hard to navigate. I can't find anything relevant at their main site except their address to drive and send things to.

On San Jose's late fee notice, there was some other site mentioned, and that site was better. It seems that local law 4.76.270 is closest to having some good information. 4.76.270 states "Each business tax payment thereafter is due and payable annually on the fifteenth (15th) day of the calendar month during which the person first engaged in business in the city".

I suppose it is my job, to look for my older company licenses when I had paid by check; back when San Jose used to invoice me before it was due, years ago to figure out my annual business tax due date. I think making everybody's annual company tax license fee due on the same day every year would be smart.

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Mark D. Shapiro of: - The easiest and fastest free way to find the best professional to recover or buy a judgment.

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