Well, there are lots of reasons to get filters. The most common reason is to provide protection to the front element of the lens. Now, there is a lot of debate on this. One school says put a lens hood on and you'll get all the protection you need, the other that a filter of some sort should be used.
Protection filters are usually of the UV type. Keep in mind that the UV part adds no benefit as the CMOS sensor in your 20D already has a UV filter on it. The benefit is protection. If you do get a protective filter get a good one, especially with the lens you mention above. I would always recommend a Hoya or B+W MRC. These are great filters that won't degrade your image quality. A cheap filter will definitely degrade image quality.
Just to finish off what was mentioned above, there are reasons to get filtes beyond protection. This reason is image enhancement of some sort. For example many of us use Circular Polarizing filters to enhance the blue in a sky and make it pop. Just one example, but you get the point.
Best of luck.