Taking the initiative

in support of you.

As the leading global network of spa industry professionals, one of our objectives is to educate our members on important issues that impact our industry. Below you will find more information on the FICA Tax Tip Fairness, the Cosmetology Licensure Compact and the Interstate Massage Compact (IMpact).

All three initiatives have the potential to have a great impact on the spa industry. Please take some time to read through the information and links we have provided so that you can become more familiar and learn how you can support these important projects.

FICA Tax Tip Fairness

Employment-based spas and salons have been subject to unfair disparities in the tax code for decades, and the industry is deserving of equitable access to the existing 45 (b) tax tip credit which will create tax parity allowing spas and salons to thrive.

What is the 45B FICA Tax Tip Credit? It’s bipartisan, bicameral legislation which directly helps women, minorities and small business owners while shrinking the tax gap and increasing tip reporting compliance. Our industry is the second most heavily tipped industry behind restaurants, and this bill would boost retirement security of spa and beauty establishment employees, and help marginalized communities build a better future for themselves and their families.

For more information about the 45B FICA Tax Tip Credit, click here.

For templates and a step-by-step guide on how to contact your members of Congress click here.

The Interstate Massage Compact (IMpact)

The Council of State Governments is partnering with the Department of Defense and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards to support the mobility of licensed massage therapists through the development of a new interstate compact. This additional licensing pathway will create reciprocity among participant states and reduce the barriers to license portability.

The Interstate Massage Compact has been finalized and is available for enactment.

To view the Interstate massage Compact Model Legislation, click here.

For more information and frequently asked questions, click here.

WATCH: Exploring the Massage Therapy Licensure Compact ISPA Town Hall

The Cosmetology Licensure Compact

The Council of State Governments (CSG) partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD) and a coalition of state boards of cosmetology to support the mobility of licensed cosmetologists through the development of a new interstate compact. This additional licensing pathway will create reciprocity among participant states and reduce the barriers to license portability and employment.

The Cosmetology Licensure Compact model legislation is complete and available to states for consideration and enactment. The final model legislation and additional information can be found here.

For more information and frequently asked questions, click here.

 

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