Issues

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

Labor & Workforce Development: IFA supports policies that allow franchise business employees to increase their skills, advance their careers, and prosper economically; while ensuring policies that extend joint employer liability are eliminated.

Taxes: 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.

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

State & Local Issues: IFA promotes pro-franchise business policies and prevents harmful franchise laws and regulations in cities and states across the country.

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

Historically, franchise brands have been allowed to immediately recognize the initial franchise fees earned from incoming franchisees, which average $36,000, when all material services or conditions relating to the sale have been substantially performed or satisfied.  For small business, “emerging brands,” the recognition of this income is critical to the financial stability of entrepreneurs who are beginning to grow their business.
State & Local Issues

Joint Employer

The International Franchise Association advocates for a thoughtful, clear, and narrow joint employer standard that creates certainty for brands and business owners alike.
Protecting Brands

Franchise Relationship Legislation

In recent years, the federal and several state governments have introduced legislation that would codify franchise contracts into law, which would increase regulation on small business owners, reduce franchisee equity, damage brand standards and public safety, and insert the federal and/or state government into all preexisting and future contracts.
Protecting Brands

Association Health Plans (AHPs)

Whether a large franchisor company with thousands of locations or an individual franchisee successfully running a single unit, delivering affordable health care is one of the most pressing issues facing franchising
Healthcare

Tax Deduction Eligibility

In January 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final rules largely in line with IFA's testimony and recommendations, which assured certain franchise businesses are eligible for a new 20% deduction on qualified business income as part of the new tax law.
Taxes

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.
Labor & Workforce Development