AGD joined a coalition of stakeholders in sending letters to Administration officials and Congressional leadership that outline the importance of including a "healthy workplace" tax credit in the next COVID-19 relief package. The tax credit would be intended to help businesses offset some of the costs associated with keeping workplaces safe for employees and customers in light of the pandemic. This kind of credit has bipartisan support in Congress among both House and Senate lawmakers.
The letters recommend that qualified expenses include:
- Cleaning and workplace safety-related costs, including cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing-related products; equipment; delivery/dispensing devices and systems; signage; and technology platforms or services related to preventing the spread of COVID–19
- Training, consulting, standards, certifications, auditing/quality control, monitoring, and guidelines or other similar information related to COVID–19
- Personal protective equipment
- Technology used for limiting or tracing and tracking physical contact between customers and employees in the United States and improving workplace safety and hygiene
- Other expenditures associated with maintaining a healthy physical workplace such as reconfigurations, including those necessary to comply with federal, state, and local guidelines, as well as industry best practices
Impact on General Dentistry: AGD strongly supports efforts to have a workplace health and safety tax credit included in future COVID-19-related relief legislation. Heightened costs related to acquiring the PPE needed to reopen dental practices are placing a substantial strain on the financial health of practices. A tax credit to help offset these costs would be a considerable line of support to dentists looking to maintain their supply of PPE and potentially invest in other environmental controls to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the dental practice setting.