IFA has long fought for lower tax rates to stimulate the franchise sector. 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, including
- $2.5 billion in Pass-Through Tax Deductions for the nearly 2,000 franchisors and 200,000 franchisees that are pass-through entities
- $3 billion in Continuation of State and Local Tax Deductions for more than 300,000 individual/married tax filers with direct franchise investments
- $200 million in Professional Services Pass-Through Exemptions for 300 franchisors and 20,000 franchisees
- $2 billion in Immediate Expensing of Equipment Purchase savings for more than 20,000 franchise locations across the country
Hundreds of IFA member franchisors and franchisees have pledged to reinvest their tax savings in their businesses, including improving employee benefits. IFA is also committed to addressing lingering tax concerns facing franchise businesses, including permanence of the individual income tax and depreciation rules. IFA also proudly advocates for tax credits to minority groups and veterans seeking to overcome the initial financial hurdles to owning and operating a franchise.