The American Institute of Architects has urged Congress to support small architecture firms and their employees as they struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The call comes as small creative businesses in the US fear they could go out of business as the pandemic slows the economy.
In a letter addressed to house speaker Nancy Pelosi and senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) asked for improved aid, including loans and tax breaks, to help architecture firms amid the economic downturn caused by the virus.
AIA calls for relief to save architecture firms
It urged Congress to extend the relief past the HR 6201 bill, which was introduced to offer benefits such as paid sick leave, free coronavirus testing, food assistance and unemployment benefits.
“To address pressing short-term economic needs, AIA urges you to expand temporary relief for business owners to avoid layoffs and the sharp economic downturn that would follow,” said the statement.
“Architecture firms come in all sizes, but the majority are classified as small businesses. The relief provided in HR 6201 was an important first step, but more will be necessary. Businesses cannot wait until the next tax filing season to see relief.”
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