The Federal Trade Commission is adjusting three monetary exemption thresholds for inflation in its Franchise Rule. The thresholds are used to determine whether the sale of a franchise qualifies for an exemption from the Rule. The Rule requires franchisors to disclose key information prospective buyers need to evaluate the risks and benefits of investing in a franchise.
The Rule requires the FTC to adjust the thresholds for inflation every four years based on the Consumer Price Index. The exemptions from compliance with the Rule which will take effect July 1, 2016, are:
- Sales where the buyer pays less that $570 (currently $540) for the franchise;
- Sales requiring a large investment where the franchisee pays at least $1,143,100 (currently $1,084,900), excluding the cost of unimproved land and any franchisor (or affiliate) financing; and
- Sales to large entities, such as multi-unit franchisees, airports, hospitals, and universities that have been in business for at least five years and have a net worth of at least $5,715,500 (currently $5,424,500).
The Commission vote approving the Federal Register Notice was 3-0. The Notice is available on the FTC's website and as a link to this press release and will be published in the Federal Register soon. (FTC File No. P094400; the staff contact is Craig Tregillus, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-2970)
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