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ISSA-Spearheaded Coalition Urges Congress for Reopening Tax Credits

July 16, 2020 ISSA-Spearheaded Coalition Urges Congress for Reopening Tax Credits

ISSA is spearheading a coalition of 30 trade associations representing millions of employees and many millions more customers to urge U.S. Congress to include a tax credit in the next federal stimulus package to protect the safety of workers, customers, and the public. Such a tax credit should be targeted, temporary, capped, and available to business entities and non-profits, according to the coalition.

In a letter to congressional leaders, the organizations noted that there are several bipartisan bills (HR 7079, HR 7222, HR 7216, and S 4178) in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to create such a tax credit. While these bills differ in structure, scope, and size, they all recognize the “enormous unexpected costs of creating and maintaining healthy spaces for workers and customers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Specifically, the signatories requested that Congress include the following recommendations with any “reopening safely” tax credit as part of the next stimulus bill.

Qualified expenses should include:

  1. Cleaning and workplace safety-related costs, including staff training; applicable building certifications; purchasing necessary cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection-related products and equipment; as well as the hiring of a professional company to clean, sanitize, and disinfect
  2. Personal protection equipment
  3. Other expenditures associated with maintaining a healthy physical workplace, including those necessary to comply with federal, state, and local guidelines, as well as industry best practices.

The structure of the tax credit should be:

  1. Neutral in terms of business type
  2. Based on estimated average increased costs—at least US$25,000 per location
  3. Can be applied against qualified expenses incurred over at least the next nine months
  4. Eligible for carryover (if a general business credit) to the next year, where the taxpayer has a tax liability or refundability (if a payroll tax credit).

“This tax credit helps offset a portion of the unexpected expenses related to maintaining a healthy environment,” said John Nothdurft, ISSA Director of Government Affairs. “The credit is necessary to help protect against further COVID-19 infections, as well as to help with other conditions such as asthma, MRSA, and influenza. Now is the time for the cleaning industry to speak up and help change the way the world views cleaning. I encourage everyone to contact their members of Congress and urge them to support a reopening safely tax credit.”

ISSA is working diligently to support the full spectrum of the cleaning industry in the U.S. and worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing a variety of government affairs resources. Please contact your elected officials and support the ISSA Advocacy Fund in any amount to help us continue to build momentum for a reopening safely tax credit For questions regarding ISSA’s advocacy efforts, including the association’s response to COVID-19, please contact johnn@issa.com.