July 16, 2020 

COVID-19 Government Relations Daily Summary

This Daily Summary highlights timely information on released updated COVID-19 mitigation, the Criminal Justice Information Authority, Congress' passage of Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act of 2020 and the IRS on Advance Payments of Employer Credits.


Governor Pritzker/Department of Public Health
Updated COVID-19 Mitigation Plan
On July 15th, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced a new COVID-19 mitigation plan focused on combating a resurgence of cases with maintaining the progress the state has made towards bending the curve over the last four months. Highlights of the mitigation plan include:  
• Health metrics used to determine the spread of COVID-19 by region for additional mitigation.
• Mitigations will be applied on a regional basis with an expansion to 11 established regions for a more granular approach of a COVID-19 response.
• Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19. 
See revised Regional COVID-19 Mitigation Plan here.
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Grant Funding for Organizations Offering COVID-19 Relief

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (CJIA) has made $7.1 million in funding available to organizations providing support services and resources to communities hit hardest by the COVID-19.
The funding is provided through the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program and will support communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. Funds can be used for: 
• Transitional and/or emergency housing and rental assistance for persons involved in the criminal justice system and those who have experienced violence.
• Supportive services for community members, including overall advocacy, case management, legal services, mental and emotional support, and clinical behavioral health services for adults and children.
• Rent, utilities, and COVID-related supplies for community-based agency operations.
• Efforts to distribute food to local residents.
• Other needs resulting from the pandemic, as determined by communities.
 See CJIA announcement here


Congress Passes Unemployment Relief for Tax-Exempt Entities (COVID-19)
Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act of 2020

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation (Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act of 2020)  to provide for relief of tax-exempt organizations. S. 4209 allows for offsets of the costs of unemployment benefits provided for the organizations’ workers who received unemployment insurance payments. This legislation will provide cash-flow relief for tax-exempt organizations that “self-insure” and that now must reimburse states for employees that claimed unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Status:  Awaiting transmittal of enrolled bill to the President.

See House Ways and Means Committee Chair's Statement.

Internal Revenue Service
Advance Payment of Employer Credits-COVID-19
The Internal Revenue Service released IR-2020-158 explaining that taxpayers will receive letter 6312 if the IRS either rejected Form 7200 (Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19) or made a change to the requested amount of advance payment due to computation errors. The “letter” will provide information for the adjustment or rejection. Taxpayers may also receive notification from the IRS if written verification of the address listed on the Form 7200 is a current mailing address for the business. It should be noted that the IRS will not process the Form 7200 or change the last known address until such time that the taxpayer provides it.

See IRS Information on letter issuance for those experiencing a delay with advance payment of employer credits here.