State legislators may suspend a business-tax deduction to pump an additional $1.1 billion into California’s coffers — a proposal that small businesses fear could hurt their bottom line.
Currently, businesses that lose money one year can take a tax deduction in the next year they turn a profit. Under the proposal from the Assembly Budget Committee, that deduction would be tabled for three years — but could be claimed in year four.
Although the proposal would affect all businesses in California, smaller firms say it will hit them the hardest.
Ninety-nine percent of businesses operating in San Francisco are small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, according to Al Dixon, director of the San Francisco Small Business Development Center.