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San Francisco Weighs 'IPO Tax' to Spread Tech Wealth

WSJ logoBy Nour Malas and Jim Carlton

City leaders here are proposing to more than triple a tax on stock compensation in a bid to use revenue from a wave of public offerings by tech companies to address concerns about growing wealth disparity. The so-called IPO tax would raise the levy on corporations for stock-based compensation to 1.5% from the current rate of 0.38%. That would restore the rate to its level in 2011 when the city, pulling out of recession, cut it as part of a change in its tax structure intended to keep companies from leaving.

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By Malas, Nour and Carlton, Jim, posted on Monday May 13, 2019
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