San Francisco Eases Tax & Licensing Policies in Response to COVID-19

As the City of San Francisco seeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through a stricter response plan, tax and licensing policies have eased. Please review the updates below, which are effective immediately.

Deferral of Business Taxes for Small Businesses

Quarterly estimated tax payments of the Gross Receipts Tax, Payroll Expense Tax, Commercial Rents Tax, and Homelessness Gross Receipts Tax due on April 30, 2020 will be waived for taxpayers or combined groups that have combined San Francisco gross receipts of $10,000,000 or less in calendar year 2019. These quarterly estimated tax liabilities must be paid along with annual tax payments for the tax year 2020, which will be due by March 1, 2021.

Please keep in mind these bills are typically mailed in late March, but businesses with gross receipts of $10,000,000 or less in 2019 will receive a letter instead of a bill.

Deferral of Business License Fees

The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector collects annual license fees on behalf of the Department of Public Health, Fire Department, Police Department, Entertainment Commission, and the Office of Cannabis. License fees due on March 31, 2020 are now extended to June 30, 2020.

LicenseLogix will continue to monitor the current regulatory environment with local governments across the country. We invite you to visit the website for additional updates that may impact your clients, and as always, feel free to give us a call if we can help with any of your licensing needs.