Tax Credits Claim Return Deduction Refund Concept

ISSA, in coordination with its coalition partners, has released a video ad and campaign in support of a healthy and safe workplace tax credit to help businesses cover the costs of essential cleaning and disinfecting solutions, personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing measures, employee training and certification, and more.

On March 2, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (OH-R) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-D) introduced the Healthy Workplaces Act (S. 537) to create such a tax credit.

“The pandemic has led to a new standard of cleanliness as well as financial hardships for many organizations. Businesses and nonprofits shouldn’t have to choose between protecting staff and customers and closing their doors,” said ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft. “A tax credit will help businesses of all sizes uphold cleanliness, protect employees, and restore the confidence of consumers.”

The healthy and safe workplace tax credit is a bipartisan supported proposal that has the support of more than 50 organizations. To help spread awareness of the tax credit, ISSA and its coalition partners launched a new video ad, infographic, and landing page to highlight the timeliness and importance of the tax credit, showcasing new expectations around cleanliness and the steps employers have taken to protect employees and customers.

“Leading retailers continue to make significant investments in order to keep their employees, customers, and communities safe. These investments in physical stores, distribution centers, and retail operations have allowed American families to have access to the products necessary for their families to adapt to our new circumstances,” said Michael Hanson, senior executive vice president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “Defraying some of these extensive costs recognizes the important role retailers play in the nation’s fight against COVID."

A one-page description of the proposed act can be viewed here.