Government Asks

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Ask your State & Local Government Representatives to support restaurants

The GRA is fighting hard for our industry and is working to ensure Governor Kemp and all elected officials are aware of the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on restaurants. In a united effort to keep restaurants serving their communities once this has passed, we encourage you to contact your state and local representatives.

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Georgia COVID-19 Restaurant Impact Snapshot

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Local Asks:
  • Promote and support adoption of the Georgia Safety Promise.

  • Taxes on Restaurants: Defer excise tax payments and waive penalties for at least three (3) months with a payment plan option. Any penalties for delay in payment of those three months would be waived.

  • Elimination of Personal Property Taxes for restaurants through December 31, 2020, with a payment plan option (beginning in second quarter of 2021) with payments deferred through the rest of 2021 with no penalties or interest.

  • Business Fees: Elimination of fees related to the operation of restaurants through December 31, 2020 that includes a payment plan option (beginning second quarter of 2021) deferring payments through the rest of 2021 with no penalties or interest. Allow credit for those businesses that already paid any of these fees in 2020.

    • Examples for consideration: annual business licenses, alcoholic beverage licenses, environmental health permit fees, alcohol pouring permits, solid waste fees, public utilities (including water usage fees) and grease trap permits, and construction permit fees.

  • Tax Credit: Allow tax credit on real estate property taxes through December 31, 2020 for any restaurant that either owns its property or reimburses its landlord for real estate taxes.

  • Reduction of property taxes by 25%. State government to replace the revenue stream to counties and cities through CARES Act funding.

  • Make the allowance of restaurants with on premise consumption licenses to sell mixed drinks, beer and wine for off premise consumption permanent.

  • Find ways to promote and support restaurants offering outdoor dining. Consider offering tax credits or funding for the purchase of equipment 
State Asks:
  • Business Fees: Eliminate fees related to the operation of restaurants through December 31, 2020.  Include a payment plan option (beginning in second quarter of 2021) with payments deferred through the rest of 2021 with no penalties or interest and a credit for those businesses that have already paid these fees in 2020.

    • Examples for consideration: annual business licenses, alcoholic beverage licenses, and all state permit fees waived.

  • 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.

  • Tax Credits: Expand the investment tax credit to include retail and hospitality companies. Consider the creation of a state version of the employee rehire credit. Increase the retraining credit cap or utilization of the credit more viable for small businesses.

  • Issue an executive order that streamlines restaurant/business license applications and renewals.


We Need Congress to Enact the Blueprint for Restaurant Revival

The National Restaurant Association offers this Blueprint for Restaurant Revival to guide Congress and the Administration as officials work to craft nextround recovery programs.

Read the Complete Blueprint  READ THE BLUEPRINT SUMMARY

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SHORT-TERM RELIEF TO RESTART THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY
  • Create a Restaurant Recovery Fund for structured relief to help restaurants get the liquidity they need, adapt, rehire and eventually reopen. This includes passage of the RESTAURANTS Act proposed by the Senate.

  • Build on the success of PPP by enacting a second round of application eligibility to initial eight-week loan recipients and make other changes to help extend and sustain this successful program.

  • Make PPP loans tax deductible so that small businesses can deduct eligible expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan, and eliminate the substantial tax liability many face for taking these loans in the first place.

  • Establish a long-term loan program beyond PPP so restaurants can rehire, retrain and retain valued employees by providing up to six-months of operating costs and additional support.

  • Expand the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) to help restaurants get support after a PPP loan has run out.

  • Improve Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) by replenishing funding for EIDLs and advance grants to support businesses with major revenue reductions due to COVID-19.

  • Provide customer and employee wellness tax credits to help with significant capital investments for employee and guest safety.

  • Address Business Interruption insurance claims for small businesses with a federal backstop to cover losses due to a pandemic and so that insurance remains available and affordable.

  • Provide Liability Protection for American Businesses because COVID-19 is a global pandemic and is not caused or spread by any one type of business or employee. Congress should enact temporary and targeted protections to stem frivolous or fraudulent lawsuits, but allow claims based on willful misconduct by bad actors.

ENSURE STABILITY OF AMERICA’S FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN FROM FARM TO TABLE
  • Prioritize testing + vaccine distribution for food supply chain employees (after health care, first responders and vulnerable populations) to help the entire food and restaurant industry continue growing, selling and serving healthy food even in times of crisis.

  • Enact payroll tax relief for essential employees to help keep frontline workers in vital sectors on the job and serving the public.

HELP RESTAURANTS SUPPORT AT-RISK COMMUNITIES
  • Provide support for restaurants feeding vulnerable populations by providing incentives and payment when restaurants partner with government and nonprofits to prepare meals for seniors, children and other vulnerable populations.

  • Broaden access to restaurant meals for low-income Americans by creating state-run programs that increase food access-points during times of crisis and by expanding the population of people eligible for restaurant meal service via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).