Portman Introduces Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit to Ensure Businesses Continue to Safely Reopen & Acquire Necessary Safety Measures

July 20, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act to help businesses continue to safely reopen while ensuring the safety of employees and consumers through a refundable tax credit against payroll taxes for 50 percent of the costs incurred by a business for increased testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfecting, extra cleaning and reconfiguring work spaces to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) has introduced this legislation in the House of Representatives.  

“As businesses in Ohio and across America continue reopening and welcoming back employees and consumers, we must ensure the safety and security of everyone involved by incentivizing steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace through a tax credit,” said Portman. “That’s why I’ve introduced the Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act to provide a refundable payroll tax credit to cover 50 percent of the costs incurred by businesses for increased PPE, cleaning, reconfiguring workspaces, and diagnostic testing. A successful reopening of our economy is dependent on both employees and consumers feeling comfortable going back and this tax credit will help make that happen. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this tax credit to ensure the successful reopening of our economy.” 

The Healthy Workplace Tax Credit will help businesses reopen safely while ensuring employee and customer confidence by:

  • Providing a refundable tax credit against payroll taxes for 50 percent of the costs incurred by the business for COVID-19 testing, PPE, disinfecting, extra cleaning, and reconfiguring workspaces until the end of the year;
  • Encouraging and enabling businesses to take the recommended steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their workplaces;
  • Limiting this benefit to a maximum of $1,000 per employee for a business’s first 500 employees, $750 per employee for the next 500 employees, and $500 for each employee thereafter – recognizing the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on small- and medium-sized businesses.

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