Mozilla signs lease on San Francisco offices, already tax exempt 

The latest high-tech company to move to San Francisco is Mozilla, makers of the Firefox Web browser, Mayor Ed Lee announced Thursday morning. And guess what? They don’t even want a tax break.

Of course, when you’re a nonprofit entity like Mozilla with 501(c)(3) status, you don’t have to pay taxes. That includes San Francisco’s controversial 1.5 percent payroll tax, according to Greg Kato, a spokesman for the San Francisco Office of the Treasurer.

The company signed a lease for 15,000 square feet on the 7th floor of Hills Plaza located at 2 Harrison St. in San Francisco’s southern waterfront, according to the Mayor’s Office. Mozilla’s expansion will provide space for up to 125 paid staff and volunteers to gather and collaborate on developing the award-winning Firefox Web browser.

“San Francisco offers Mozilla the ideal location for bringing together their global software development community to collaborate and innovate on big ideas,” Lee said in a statement. “Mozilla joins San Francisco’s robust and growing tech industry, and I am thrilled to welcome Mozilla to San Francisco.”   

Mozilla is currently headquartered in Mountain View, which is also home to Google, and it appears as though the San Francisco office will be a satellite.

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs calls the “office expansion” an attempt “to attract the very best talent to participate in the design, development, testing, and innovation that will define the future of the Web.”

“We recognize and value the entrepreneurial spirit, unique technical skills, and boundless energy found within San Francisco,” he said in a statement. “We look forward to extending our world class, collaborative work environment into San Francisco.”

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