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San Francisco Modification of the Payroll Tax, Proposition Q (November 2008)

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A San Francisco Modification of the Payroll Tax, Proposition Q ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, where it was approved.

Proposition Q specified that the city's 1.5% payroll expense tax applies to compensation paid to shareholders of professional corporations, members of limited liability companies, and owners of partnerships for their services.

Proposition Q allowed these types of businesses to choose one of two ways to calculate how much of the payments to their owners is a taxable payroll expense.

Election results

Proposition Q
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 233,411 74.2%
No81,17825.8%
These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Proposition Q: "Shall the City specify that certain partnerships and other businesses are subject to the City's payroll expense tax and expand the payroll expense tax exemption for small businesses so that businesses with annual payroll expenses of $250,000 or less would not have to pay the tax?"

Path to the ballot

Proposition Q was referred to the ballot on July 29, 2008 by a 10-0 vote of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

In favor: Supervisors Ammiano, Chu, Daly, Dufty, Elsbernd, Maxwell, McGoldrick, Mirkarimi, Peskin and Sandoval.

Excused: Supervisor Alioto-Pier.

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