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.

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

Franchise Discriminatory Laws

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 that falsely consider local franchises as “big” businesses, not individually owned and operated businesses, exposing them to shorter timeframes to phase-in wage increases.
State & Local Issues

Qualified Improvement Property (QIP)

By supporting a commonsense fix to the technical glitch in the tax law allowing for immediate depreciation on the costs of eligible remodels, renovations, and improvements, IFA seeks to improve the bottom-lines of thousands of franchise businesses throughout the United States.
Taxes

Healthcare Resources

The Department of Labor provides useful resources on healthcare plans for both employers and employees, ranging from guidance on the Affordable Care Act to Association Health Plans (AHPs) and other forms of coverage.
Healthcare