The following are resources available to support freelancers, independent artists, and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in the City of San Francisco.
The following is a list of local, state, and national resources for any type of business in San Francisco.
[General] San Francisco Announces Measures to Support Small Businesses in Response to COVID-19: On March 11, Mayor London N. Breed announced measures to support small businesses in San Francisco that are experiencing a slowdown in business as a result of COVID‑19. Measures include deferral of business taxes and licensing fees, launch of economic relief fund, and other support efforts aim to help struggling small businesses and workers.
[Taxes] IRS Tax Day Now July 15: The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
[Health Insurance] Covered California: Because of COVID-19, people can apply now for health insurance coverage if they are uninsured and eligible.
The following is a list of resources for freelancers and independent contractors in San Francisco.
The following is a list of resources for small businesses in San Francisco.
A majority of the funding support for small businesses at this time is in the form of loans. We do not recommend loans as a means for funding unless your business fills an essential need in the current environment or provides a product or service that will likely withstand the economic impact of this crisis over the next few years.
[Work Sharing] Work Sharing Program: California’s work sharing provides employers with an alternative to lay-offs if a temporary reduction in workforce is needed.
[Worker Support] Restaurant Cares: The California Restaurant Association Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the state’s restaurant workforce through educational grants, has an emergency loan program to help restaurant workers cover basic living expenses.
[Payroll Taxes] Request Extension on State Payroll Taxes: Employers may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the State of California’s Employment Development Department to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.
The following is a list of resources if your small business is renting a commercial property in San Francisco.
Moratorium on Commercial Evictions for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in San Francisco: On March 17, Mayor London N. Breed announced a moratorium on commercial evictions for small and medium-sized businesses related to financial impacts caused by COVID-19. The moratorium will prevent any small to medium-sized business from being evicted due to a loss of income related to lost revenue or other economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leasing and Legal Assistance: Through its partnership with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, the City of San Francisco helps San Francisco small businesses work with their landlords for lease negotiation, legal consultation, and related services.