Business Activities / NAICS Codes

Taxpayers deriving gross receipts from business activities both within and outside San Francisco must allocate and/or apportion gross receipts to San Francisco.  The table below indicates the applicable apportionment and/or allocation methodology for each business activity. Code Sections are based on the 2012 NAICS classifications.  The NAICS code and a link to the US Census definitions for each business activity is linked in parenthesis to assist you in selecting the correct business activity, where applicable.  

Select your business activity from the list below to access the appropriate allocation and/or apportionment worksheet to determine your San Francisco gross receipts.   

San Francisco gross receipts amounts are used to determine the business registration renewal fee; or use our Gross Receipts Tax Computation Worksheet to calculate your San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax obligation. 

If you have multiple business activities:  Taxpayers with multiple business activities have special rules to determine their gross receipts.  If you are engaged in multiple business activities complete a worksheet for each business activity to calculate your San Francisco gross receipts.  Note that San Francisco Payroll and Total Payroll in lines A20 and A21 are for all business activities combined, not broken out by business activity. Sum the results of all worksheets to determine your San Francisco gross receipts. 

Business ActivityDescriptionNAICSCode SectionAllocation and/or Apportionment WorksheetGross Receipts Tax  (2019)
Accommodations

The activity of providing lodging or short-term accommodations for travelers, vacationers, or others.

721§953.3Allocation  Computation Worksheet
Administrative and Support ServicesThe activity of performing routine support activities for the day-to-day business activities of others.56§953.4Apportionment  Computation Worksheet
Arts, Entertainment and RecreationThe activity of operating facilities or providing services to meet cultural, entertainment or recreational interests of customers or patrons.71§953.3Apportionment  Computation Worksheet
BiotechnologyThe activity of biotechnology business as defined in Section 906.1 of Article 12-A. §953.2Allocation and Apportionment  Computation Worksheet
Certain ServicesRepair and maintenance services, personal and laundry services, and religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and similar organizations that are not otherwise exempt.811, 812, 813§953.1Apportionment  Computation Worksheet
Clean TechnologyThe activity of clean technology business as defined inSection 906.2 of Article 12-A. §953.2Allocation and Apportionment  Computation Worksheet
ConstructionThe activity of preparing sites for, subdividing land for, or working on, buildings or engineering projects (including highways and utility systems).23§953.5Allocation and Apportionment Computation Worksheet
Financial ServicesThe activities of engaging in or facilitating financial transactions.521, 522, 523§953.6Apportionment Computation Worksheet
Food ServicesThe activity of preparing meals, snacks and/or beverages to customer order for immediate on-premises or off-premises consumption; it includes drinking places.722§953.2Allocation and Apportionment Computation Worksheet
InformationProducing and distributing information or cultural products; providing the means to transmit or distribute those products; and processing data.51§953.2Allocation and Apportionment Computation Worksheet
InsuranceThe activities of facilitating or supporting the pooling of risk by underwriting insurance and annuities.524§953.6Apportionment Computation Worksheet
ManufacturingThe activity of transforming materials, substances or components into new products by mechanical, physical or chemical means; it includes the activity of assembling component parts of manufactured products.31, 32, 33§953.2Allocation and Apportionment Computation Worksheet
Miscellaneous Business Activities (Activity Not Listed Above in forms)All business activities not otherwise exempt and not elsewhere subjected to a Gross Receipts Tax rate or the Administrative Office Tax. §953.4Apportionment Computation Worksheet
Private Education and Health ServicesThe activity by persons other than governmental agencies of providing instruction and training in any subject, or of providing health care or social assistance for individuals.61, 62§953.4Apportionment Computation Worksheet
Professional, Scientific, and Technical ServicesThe activity of providing for others, specialized professional, scientific, or technical services that require a high degree of expertise and training.54§953.6Apportionment Computation Worksheet
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing ServicesThe activities of renting, leasing, or otherwise allowing the use of tangible or intangible assets, and the activity of providing related services.53§953.7Allocation Computation Worksheet
Retail TradeThe activity of retailing any type of personal property, generally without significantly transforming its characteristics, and rendering services incidental to the retail sale of property.44, 45§953.1Allocation and Apportionment Computation Worksheet
Transportation and WarehousingThe activities of providing transportation of passengers and/or goods, warehousing and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation.48, 49§953.2Allocation and Apportionment Computation Worksheet
UtilitiesThe activities of the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power, the distribution of natural gas, the provision and distribution of steam supply, the treatment and distribution of water supply, and the removal of sewage. Excludes establishments primarily engaged in waste management services.22§953.3Allocation and Apportionment Computation Worksheet
Wholesale TradeThe activity of wholesaling property, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of property on a wholesale basis.42§953.1Allocation and Apportionment Computation Worksheet

 

* See each Code section for specific rules on allocating and/or apportioning gross receipts.

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