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.

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

Trademark Licensing Protection Act

The Trademark Licensing Protection Act (TLPA) will resolve the inconsistency regarding brand controls in federal law: trademark law requires franchises to protect the brand through standardized brand controls, but at the same time, employment law penalizes franchises by deeming them “joint employers” for having the same brand controls.
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.
Taxes

Joint Employer

On the state level, IFA continues to promote proactive legislation to clarify that franchisors are neither the employers of franchisees nor their employees.
State & Local Issues