In this episode of the SALT Shaker Podcast policy series, Eversheds Sutherland Partner and host Nikki Dobay welcomes Chris Wright, Senior Vice President of Advance SF. Before getting into the weeds on San Francisco’s tax landscape, they cover the background of Advance SF and its mission to address issues that impact the ability of businesses and individuals to prosper in the city.

Chris provides an overview of San Francisco tax system and how it has progressed over the last decade, including the substantial tax increases that took effect just before the pandemic. They also touch on how remote work during the pandemic has impacted the city’s revenues and end with a discussion of a proposed ballot initiative that would tax certain retailers delivering goods into the city. Chris details where in the process this initiative is and the potential implications of this initiative if it passes. You can find more detail on that initiative here.

You can also read Advance SF’s Middle Income Jobs Report here, which highlights how the city’s economic recovery is lagging far behind comparable cities.

They conclude with Nikki’s surprise nontax question for the week — if someone was visiting your city, what’s the one thing you recommend they must do during their stay?

The Eversheds Sutherland State and Local Tax team has been engaged in state tax policy work for years, tracking tax legislation, helping clients gauge the impact of various proposals, drafting talking points and rewriting legislation. This series, which is focused on state and local tax policy issues, is hosted by Partner Nikki Dobay, who has an extensive background in tax policy.

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