Issues

Protecting Brands: IFA supports policies that ensure franchise brand standards are protected so that franchisee investments are protected and consumers can expect the same safety, consistency, and quality regardless of the business’ location.

Enhancing Opportunities: IFA supports policies that expand access to business ownership and enable franchise business employees to increase their skills, advance their careers, and prosper economically.

Improving Tax Policy: IFA advocates for reasonable, permanent, and common-sense tax policies that can help small businesses, including pass-through businesses, can open new locations, hire more workers, and better contribute to their local communities.

Promoting Healthcare Coverage: IFA supports policies that allow for quality, affordable health care coverage for franchise business owners and employees.

Trademark Licensing Protection Act

The Trademark Licensing Protection Act (TLPA) will resolve a "catch-22" regarding brand standards in federal law: trademark law requires franchisors to enforce their brand standards, but at the same time, employment law penalizes them for enforcing those same brand standards.
Protecting Brands

Tax Reform

Tax reform improves the business environment for franchisors, franchisees, and prospective investors. IFA frequently engages with Congress and Department of Treasury officials in addressing tax concerns facing franchise businesses. Most recently, IFA secured $8 billion in federal tax savings for franchise businesses each year as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Improving Tax Policy

Tax Deductibility

IFA's advocacy efforts ensured more than 500 franchise brands and thousands of franchise business owners are eligible for a new 20% deduction on qualified business income as part of the new tax law.
Improving Tax Policy

Apprenticeship Programs

With the expansion of apprenticeship programs through an executive order, America’s 733,000 franchise businesses are helping close the skills gap, creating more middle-class jobs by drawing back Americans who had previously left the workforce.
Enhancing Opportunities

Small Business Relief

IFA has urged Congress to expand and extend programs to provide franchise businesses with increased avenues to access capital, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enhancing Opportunities

Franchise Discrimination

IFA not only advocates for the interests of its members at the federal level, it also advocates at the state and local levels including, opposing discriminatory minimum wage increases and predictive scheduling laws.
Protecting Brands