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ISSA Supports The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act

September 17, 2020 ISSA Supports The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act

ISSA strongly supports legislation recently introduced by U.S. Representative Pete Olson (TX-22) to provide employers with tax incentives to properly train their employees on best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If enacted, The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act (H.R. 8260) would provide a payroll tax credit for expenses used for qualified workplace best practices training associated with protecting employees from COVID-19. The bill defines qualified workplace training expenses as amounts paid or incurred by the employer for:

  • Education and training with respect to industry best practices and recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • The primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“The COVID-19 global pandemic has devastated our economy and hurt Americans through no fault of their own,” Representative Olson said in a press release issued by his office. “The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act will not only provide tax incentives to companies who train their employees in healthy workplace practices, but also create jobs. As job creators across Texas and America continue to struggle to survive, this tax credit provides help that is vital to getting our economy back up and running. I appreciate the strong support from organizations across the business spectrum for these incentives to help businesses protect their employees during this pandemic.”

“Thank you to Congressman Olson for introducing a bill to provide a payroll tax credit for best practices training expenses associated with protecting employees from COVID-19,” said John Nothdurft, ISSA Director of Government Affairs in the same press release. “As the leading trade association for the cleaning industry, ISSA continues to see firsthand the growing demand for providing proper health and safety-related training for workers. Properly trained personnel will become even more important in helping prevent the further spread of COVID-19 as the economy continues to reopen. This tax credit will help businesses to invest in making sure workers and customers are going back to safe and properly cleaned environments. ISSA members represent the full supply chain of the cleaning industry from manufacturers to cleaning service providers with more than 9,300 members worldwide and 589 in Texas alone.”

ISSA is working diligently to support the full spectrum of the cleaning industry, the U.S., and the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing a variety of government affairs resources.

Take action now! Please contact your elected officials to urge them to pass a cleaning tax credit, including the provisions contained in H.R. 8260, before they leave Washington, D.C. to campaign in their home districts for the upcoming elections. For questions regarding ISSA advocacy, please contact John Nothdurft, ISSA Director of Government Affairs.