ISSA Advocacy Recap—Business Advocates Push for New Tax Incentives

July 10, 2020 ISSA Advocacy Recap—Business Advocates Push for New Tax Incentives

Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Recap, our regular roundup of the latest public policy issues impacting the cleaning industry. This week’s recap touches on a push for new tax incentives, EPA approval of the first surface disinfectant products tested on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, EPA’s expedited review for electrostatic spray application, and more.

Biz Backers Push for Tax Aid on Virus Tests, Upgrades
Business advocates are gearing up to push Capitol Hill to include new tax incentives covering coronavirus-related costs in the next coronavirus stimulus package. For instance, Senator Grassley (IA-R) has been considering proposals such as a payroll tax cut and business tax incentives for a Senate GOP pandemic response plan, including a plan to make permanent full expensing of business equipment. Additionally, Representative Kevin Brady (TX-R) has been developing a GOP stimulus plan that would provide numerous incentives to help businesses cover pandemic-related costs, and plans to push for a tax credit which would cover measures aimed at protecting workers and customers. This article also highlights the bipartisan Clean Start: Back to Work Tax Credit Act, including referencing ISSA, which strongly supports the bill.

EPA Approves First Surface Disinfectant Products Tested on SARS-CoV-2 Virus
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved two products, Lysol Disinfectant Spray (EPA Reg No. 777-99) and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist (EPA Reg No. 777-127) as effective for killing the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces, based on laboratory testing. EPA’s list of products that meet the agency’s criteria for effective use against SARS-CoV-2 (known as List N) includes more than 420 products, and these are the list’s first two products for which the EPA has reviewed laboratory testing data and approved label claims against SARS-CoV-2. EPA expects to approve such claims for additional List N products in the coming weeks. 

EPA Announces Expedited Review for Electrostatic Spray Application
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance that provides for the expedited review of product registrations that would add electrostatic spraying directions to both new and currently registered disinfectant products—including those on EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2—that require review under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. The guidance builds on EPA’s previous announcement that certain product submissions intended for use against SARS-CoV-2 are under expedited review.

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