Audits of Business Personal Property
Audits are selected each year by the Assessor based on two criteria. One is the State Board of Equalization requirement that the property be in the top 50% of assessed business property. The remaining audits scheduled for the year are made either at the request of the taxpayer or as selected by the Assessor based on internal criteria developed during the assessment process.
Business Personal Property Owners may use this service. Business personal property owners may request an audit if they qualify as one of the top 50% of business personal property owners or have an inconsistent filing of property statements. The audit is still subject to workload requirements and the property owner may not be granted an audit.
This service is provided free of charge.
This service is generated in July each year at the end of the assessment roll processing. If your property is chosen for audit we will contact you in writing and schedule the audit at your place of business. Audits are completed between July and April each year.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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1055 Monterey Street Suite D360 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Tel: (805) 781-5643
Main Office Fax: (805)-781-5641
Real and Business Property Fax: (805)-788-2042
Public Service/Front Counter Fax: (805)-788-2041
Mapping and Transfers Fax: (805)-781-4034
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Property Tax Audit?
Business Personal Property is subject to Audits by an Auditor-Appraiser from the County Assessor's Office. The Personal Property statements filed each year are audited for correctness, and if there are differences in the audit value from the assessed value, those changes are made to the property tax assessments for the person or entity audited. The audit may result in an increase or decrease in property taxes. When there are increases a revised tax bill is the result, when there is a decrease a refund of excess property taxes paid may be made to the taxpayer.