May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Government Relations Daily Summary

The following Daily Summary includes a state update from the Illinois Department of Human Rights on face coverings and federal updates from the US Department of the Treasury on PPP loan forgiveness, guidance on tax-free withdrawal of distilled spirits and from the IRS on new credits for COVID-19 Related Paid Leave.

Illinois General Assembly
Special Session

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Wednesday for a Special Legislative Session.  You can follow the General Assembly on our COVID-19 Legislative Tracking Report and by viewing our Legislative Morning Report posted each morning the General Assembly is in session.

Department of Human Rights
FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face-Coverings During COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has posted FAQs  providing guidance regarding the application of the face-covering requirement in Executive Order 2020-32 for businesses and other places of public accommodation subject to Article 5 of the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/.


U.S. Department of Treasury
PPP Loan Forgiveness

The U.S. Treasury Department issued a release about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and related instructions. The PPP loan forgiveness form and accompanying instructions provide guidance for borrowers on how to apply for loan forgiveness of their PPP loans.  Similarly, it was reported that the Small Business Administration will soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete applications and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities. 

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
The US Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade (TTB) released guidance concerning the tax-free withdrawal of distilled spirits and products containing distilled spirits for hand sanitizer purposes, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Internal Revenue Service
New Credits Fund Employers for COVID-19 Related Paid Leave

The IRS issued a fact sheet with information about tax credits available to employers for funding paid leave in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  IRS Fact Sheet 2020-06 explains that the “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act” provides tax credits to reimburse employers for the costs of providing paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to employees unable to work because of COVID-19.