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Upton cosponsors bipartisan legislation to help businesses continue to safely reopen

The Health Workplaces Tax Credit will support businesses that invest in safe, healthy workplaces

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Washington, September 8, 2020 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today cosponsored H.R. 7615, the Health Workplaces Tax Credit, bipartisan legislation that would help businesses that invest in efforts to help keep consumers and employees safe as more and more businesses reopen. The legislation would provide for a refundable tax credit against payroll taxes for 50 percent of the costs incurred by the business for: COVID-19 testing, personal protection equipment (PPE), disinfecting and extra cleaning, and reconfiguring workspaces to conform with social distancing guidelines.

“This bipartisan legislation is about jobs, small businesses, and the health and safety of our communities,” Upton said. “Businesses in southwest Michigan and across the country continue to reopen and welcome back customers and employees. But those customers and employees must be kept safe. Our legislation would encourage these businesses to take the necessary precautions to keep folks safe, which must be an opportunity as America reopens and we work to bring back our jobs.”

Specifically, the bipartisan legislation would help businesses reopen safely:

  • To restore worker and customer confidence, this tax credit will encourage and enable businesses to take the recommended steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their workplaces.
  • The credit provides a refundable tax credit against payroll taxes for 50% of the costs incurred by the business for: COVID-19 testing, personal protection equipment (PPE), disinfecting and extra cleaning, and reconfiguring workspaces to conform with social distancing guidelines.
  • The credit is limited to $1,000 per employee for a business’s first 500 employees, $750 per employees for the next 500 employees, and $500 for each employee thereafter.

The bill is supported by a number of groups including the International Sanitary Supply Association, National Association of Manufacturers, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Association, National Grocers Association, Job Creators Network, RILA, Americans for Tax Reform, and American Action Forum.

For more information on the bill, click here.

 

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