Action Alert! We need your support for FICA Tip Tax Fairness Legislation!

Your U.S. Senators must hear from you today!

Members of Congress are actively working on tax reform this year. PBA has been an active part of these efforts and in frequent contact with key policymakers in the tax arena to build support for and request that any tax reform proposal include the tip tax credit for the salon industry. This Small Business Equalization and Tax Compliance Act would provide salon owners with a dollar for dollar tip tax credit for FICA taxes paid on employee tips.

It’s simple, click here to sign on to our letter of support.

Time is running out! Please sign on today, our deadline is quickly approaching!  We thank you in advance for adding YOUR voice to help our industry.


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Support the Small Business Tax Equalization and Compliance Act 

The Small Business Tax Equalization and Compliance Act, known commonly in the beauty industry as the FICA Tip Tax Fairness legislation, would extend the current 45(b) FICA tax credit to salon/spa owners - a credit granted to restaurant owners in 1993 - while providing equality and increased compliance for America's small businesses in the salon/spa industry.

Like the restaurant industry, salon/spa professionals receive a significant amount of their income through tips, which by law must be reported as income. Salon/spa owners do NOT receive any of this tip income, yet are required to pay taxes on it: Beauty industry employers are responsible for paying the 7.65% FICA (Social Security and Medicare) taxes on all employee income, including customer-paid tips. While the restaurant and salon/spa industries share tip reporting burdens, salon owners continue to shoulder the added burden of paying FICA taxes on the tip income of their employees. Along with ensuring tax fairness, the FICA credit could help offset administrative costs associated with ensuring employee compliance on reporting tips and allow business owners to reinvest in their business and employees.

Job growth in the salon industry has outpaced the overall economy in eight of the past nine years; 2008 marked the industry's 16th consecutive year of job growth. Home to a large number of entry-level jobs with significant potential for training and upward mobility, the vast majority of managers and salaried employees in salons/spas started out in entry-level positions. Additionally, the salon industry is one of America's most diverse industries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salon industry employs a higher proportion of African-Americans, Asians and women than the overall U.S. workforce. Even so, this industry is not immune to the current economic crisis. Extending the 45(b) tax credit to salons will help this vibrant and important sector.

The Small Business Tax Equalization and Compliance Act is the professional beauty industry's opportunity to gain tax fairness through a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on all FICA taxes paid on employees tips.

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About PBA Advocacy

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) advocates for the rights of every member and is dedicated to tracking, introducing and responding to legislation at both the state and federal levels with potential to affect the beauty industry. Along with our Government Advocacy program, PBA provides our members with Education, Signature Events, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. Visit for more information.