What Is Business Personal Property?

Tangible property owned, claimed, possessed or controlled in the conduct of a profession, trade or business may be subject to property taxes.

In general, Business Personal Property is all property owned or leased by a business except:

  • Real Property (land, buildings and other improvements), and
  • Business Inventory (items held for sale)

Business Personal Property includes, but is not limited to:

  • Machinery
  • Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Fax Machines
  • Photocopiers
  • Computers
  • Telephones
  • Desks & Chairs
  • Bookcases
  • Supplies
Business Personal Property is valued annually as of January 1.

 

Business Property Statement (571-L Forms)

  • Businesses are required by law to file an annual Business Property Statement if their aggregate cost of business personal property exceeds $100,000, or if the Assessor requests the information
  • Separate filings are required for each business location
  • Statements are due April 1
  • A 10% penalty will be applied if a statement is received after May 7
  • If you need to file or for more information on how to file, please call (714) 834-2930 
  • Business Property Statements are confidential documents and are held secret by the Assessor

 

e-File Your BPS (mid-February to June 30)

 

Leased Equipment

Both the Lessor and the Lessee should report equipment that is on lease on January 1 to the Assessor. Not all leased equipment is assessed in the same manner. Several factors determine how leased equipment is assessed, including:

  • Assessability
  • Assessee
  • Leases with exempt entities
  • Situs (Street Address)
  • Type of Lease

In 2001, the California Assessors' Association adopted a standardized leased equipment reporting format leasing companies can file with their annual Business Property Statement. Click here to download the Excel file.

Frequently Asked Questions

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State of California Publications

The California State Board of Equalization publishes a series of Assessors' Handbooks to provide guidance to local Assessors.

Click here to view the Assessment of Personal Property and Fixtures (AH 504) handbook.