COVID-19: Government Asks

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Tell Congress to Support Restaurants and Our Employees: We Need Relief Now!

Economic forecasts indicate restaurants and the foodservice industry could sustain $225 billion in losses and eliminate 5-7 million jobs over the next three months. By taking action, you can tell your personalized story about how this has negatively impacted you, your employees, and your industry and ask President Trump and Congress for their support of the National Restaurant Association restaurant recovery plan.

Congress is looking to pass a broad economic rescue package. We need your help to ensure relief for restaurants is properly addressed in this package. Text RECOVERY to 52886 to tell Congress to support the restaurant recovery plan, or click here to take action.

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This plan provides direct and targeted relief in the form of:

  • direct relief from a new restaurant recovery fund
  • community grants for disaster relief assistance
  • guaranteed loans and business interruption insurance
  • lost revenue coverage from the government
  • expand access to efficient and affordable loans
  • special disaster unemployment assistance for workers
  • tax breaks to help your cash flow
  • a fix to the QIP tax glitch
  • and more

Please take a few moments to make your voice heard in this vital grassroots mobilization effort.

Contact your State and Local Government Representatives Today!

The GRA is fighting hard for our industry and has reached out to all levels of government. In a united effort to keep restaurants open once this pandemic has passed, we encourage you to contact your representatives.

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Local

  1. Closures: If a local government determines that it needs to prohibit dine-in service forrestaurants, it should allow restaurants to offer takeout, drive thru, and delivery.

  2. Excise Taxes: Defer payments and waive penalties for at least the next three (3) months that includes a payment plan option. Any penalties for delay in payment of those three months would be waived.

  3. Business License Renewals: The due date has passed in some jurisdictions, but for others they are coming due the end of this month and into April. Extend the Renewal and payment date to July 1, 2020. To the extent necessary due to expiration dates of current licenses – could still require therenewal paperwork to be filed and get a temp or extension until July 1, 2020 when payment is due.

  4. Package Sales: Allow any restaurants that currently hold a consumption on-premise license to sell beer and wine by the package in unopened containers (i.e. “to go”) without having to get a separate license or approval. Many jurisdictions already allow package sales from restaurants.

State

  1. Mortgage & Rent Payment Abatement: Allow state and local governments to intervene on behalf of small business with landlords and mortgage bankers to encourage flexibility in meeting rent and loan obligations with temporary assistance of up to three (3) months.

  2. Emergency State Income Tax Abatement: Allow for a temporary delay in state income tax filings with a payment plan option. Many restaurants are unable to meet these filings due to payroll and occupancy costs.

  3. Georgia Job Credit program: Allow an expansion to employers in the retail and restaurant business as well as expansion outside of opportunity zones and reduction of new job creation metric.

  4. Investment Tax Credit: Expand to include retail and hospitality companies.

  5. Employee Retention Credit: Consider the creation of a state version.

  6. Increase the retraining credit cap or utilization of the credit more viable for small businesses.

  7. Delay of the state tax payment deadline.

Federal

  1. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans: We would ask that an allowance for temporary interest-only payments on SBA loans currently in payment be included.

  2. Cost-Sharing Barriers: Request that the IRS consider tax breaks to individual business owners or restaurants that have suffered a 30% or greater decline in business since January 1, 2020.