San Jose’s New Business Tax Amnesty Program Expected to Generate $1M

The biggest improvement is an updated online portal that allows previously unregistered businesses to apply for amnesty, get a tax certificate and apply for exemptions. The portal also allows businesses that already registered to update their tax information. After their registrations are current, the online tool also lets businesses pay their tax bills for the past three years in full immediately, waiving all fees owed to the city.

“The ability for business owners to register remotely has drastically reduced the foot traffic and wait times in City Hall as compared with prior amnesty programs,” Bruneau said. “We also enhanced our phone payment technology prior to rolling out the amnesty program, which allows existing business owners to make a payment over the phone using an interactive voice response technology, without speaking with a customer service representative.”

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