Very Low Income Refund Program

The City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Unified School District offer a tax relief refund program for households with an annual income of $37,400 or less. These programs provide for a refund of the Library Tax, Landscape/Parks Tax, CFD1- Fire Tax, Clean Storm Water fee, Fire Protection and Emergency Response & Preparedness Tax, Berkeley School Tax and School Maintenance Tax (refund of these two taxes applies to low income seniors 65 or over only), which are included on the annual property tax bill. The City will also refund Sewer fees included on the EBMUD water bill, &/or the Utility Users Tax included on the local cable bill.

Program Eligibility

Effective July 1, 2012: Households with a total annual household income of $37,400 or less are eligible to participate in the program. Select this link for information about the Very Low Income Refund Program  (pdf).

Filing a Claim

To receive a Very Low Income Refund, applicants must complete a Claim for Very Low Income Refund form and submit the form and all supporting documentation to:

City of Berkeley
Revenue Collection Division 
1947 Center Street, 1st Floor
Berkeley, California 94704
Attn: Low Income Refund Program

*Claims must be filed within one (1) year of payment of taxes and/or fees.


Documentation Requirements: