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Public Policy + Advocacy

Fiscal Sponsorship – New Annotated Template

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin May 2021, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law, Law Office of Robert H. Levin. Over the years, I’ve fielded countless questions about fiscal sponsorship, a type of arrangement has become a growing part of the nonprofit world. Recently, I collaborated with the Maine Association of Nonprofits to […]

President Biden Increases Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On April 27, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to workers who are working on federal contracts. The White House Fact Sheet states: “Starting January 30, 2022, all agencies will need to incorporate a $15 minimum wage in new contract […]

Significant PPP Changes for Nonprofits in American Rescue Plan Act (2021)

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On March 12, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a $1.9 trillion package intended to help recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  ARPA adds $7.25 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and expands eligibility for forgivable loans under the PPP for nonprofit organizations. Expanded Nonprofit Eligibility Congress initially limited […]

Federal Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) Program

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
April 24, 2021 Update: The SVOG Program Reopens Saturday, April 24th, 2021 The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it will re-open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) portal Saturday, April 24 at 12:30pm. The SBA released new guidance detailing the application requirements, forms, and required supporting documentation. All information is posted on the Shuttered Venue Operators […]

What the American Rescue Plan Act Means for Nonprofits

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, 2021, enacting one of the largest economic relief programs in U.S. history. Below is an analysis of the nonprofit priorities included in the act. MANP thanks the National Council of Nonprofits for their quick analysis of the act. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans The law adds […]

State of Maine Seasonal Reopening Pandemic Resources

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
Governor Mills has announced the Moving Maine Forward plan to protect public health and support Maine’s economy during the upcoming busy tourism season as vaccinations progress. The plan maintains critical public health measures, establishes timeframes, simplifies and standardizes protocols, and updates travel policies. Of significant note to Maine’s nonprofit community, as part of simplifying and […]

New IRS Guidance for Employee Retention Tax Credit

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
The Internal Revenue Service issued on March 1st guidance for employers claiming the employee retention tax credit for calendar quarters in 2020, as established under CARES Act and modified by the year-end COVID relief bill (Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020). According to the IRS, the guidance in Notice 2021-20 PDF is similar to […]

Do Maine Nonprofits Have to Pay State Income Tax on PPP? Likely Not. 

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
There’s been a lot in the local media lately about the state proposal to tax forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, even though the federal government agreed not to. MANP reached out to legal professionals and state officials for a definitive answer as to whether nonprofits would also be taxed on this “income.” According to […]

President Biden’s Proposed $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Response Plan

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
President Biden recently released a framework for his comprehensive plan to address the COVID-19 crisis. His $1.9 trillion plan, which would require congressional approval, includes: Developing a national vaccination program in partnership with state and local governments; Providing for significant increases in testing to control the spread of COVID-19; Addressing racial disparities in COVID-19 resources […]

Guidance on Second Round of PPP, EIDL Loans and Grants

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
The National Council of Nonprofits held a webinar on the Consolidated Appropriations Act on January 13, 20201. Watch the recording and view the slides for more details. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”), signed into law on December 27, 2020, updates several provisions from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, […]