This posted yesterday in the San Francisco Sentinel.
Allows San Francisco Businesses to Access Valuable Hiring Tax Credits Through Simple Web-Based Tool; Advances Mayor’s Jobs Plan Goal of Using Technology to Make the City Easier Navigate for Business
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the launch of the San Francisco Enterprise Zone Web App, a web-based tool that allows San Francisco businesses to apply online for the City’s popular Enterprise Zone hiring tax credit program. The Enterprise Zone Web App will replace a completely paper-based process with a web based tool which increases government efficiency and makes it easier for businesses to utilize the program.
“I am committed to making it easier for local businesses to operate and grow jobs in San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “The Enterprise Zone Web App takes a powerful tax incentive program and brings it online so small businesses, manufacturers and other firms can save time while they save money.”
“At SFMade we make sure that all of our manufacturers are aware of the Enterprise Zone hiring tax credits and the potential savings it offers,” said SFMade Executive Director Kate Sofis. “My staff works closely with small business owners with limited resources. Having the Enterprise Zone Web App instead of a paper process will make a big difference in terms of administrative costs, time and use of this important tax credit.”
“The Enterprise Zone hiring tax credit is really important to our company,” said Marissa Andres, Controller at Mackenzie Warehouse, an auto parts distributor located in Potrero Hill. “The savings we earn in tax credits are used for hiring and retaining employees. The online tool is simple and straight-forward and saves me valuable time.”
The Enterprise Zone is a State of California program which provides tax credits and other incentives to encourage business investment and promote the creation of new jobs. In place since 1997, the San Francisco Enterprise Zone is one of 42 Enterprise Zones in the state and is administered locally by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). The San Francisco Enterprise Zone areas include the following areas: Bay View Hunters Point/ South Bayshore; Chinatown; the Mission; Mission Bay Project Area; Potrero Hill; south of Market; the Tenderloin; and the Western Addition and some portions of North Beach and Financial District.
The tool was developed using Firmstep’s AchieveForms software. The switch to an on-line app will not only decrease costs in paper and postage, but will also speed up the processing time getting businesses approved for tax credits more quickly and efficiently.
The San Francisco Enterprise Zone Web App can be found at http://sfezapp.oewd.org For more information on the San Francisco Enterprise Zone Program, go to: http://www.oewd.org/Enterprise-Zone.aspx For more information from the State on the Enterprise Zones Program, go to: www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/ez/ <http://www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/ez/>