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State and Federal Assistance

ISA will provide updated links to the latest information as it becomes available. This resource does not constitute legal advice. Companies should consult with their own legal counsel before determining how best to operate their business pursuant to federal, state and local orders affecting businesses.

There are options for signs, graphics and visual communications industry professionals to find help through state and federal government programs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and More

Congress enacted two stimulus laws which provided over $700 billion in SBA loans to help small businesses-including those in the signs, graphics and visual communications industry-weather the storm during these difficult times. Visit to learn more about resources for:

Deferred Tax Payments

U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS issued guidance on deferring tax payments

Unemployment Insurance

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced new guidance on unemployment insurance flexibilities during the COVID-19 outbreak (March 12, 2020). Businesses should check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state (March 12, 2020).

State Resources

The National Association of Manufacturers offers a comprehensive COVID-19 Map of State Resources.

Proposed Federal Response

ISA is supporting federal efforts to help sign, graphics and visual communications companies deal with this crisis by reducing their costs and increasing their cash flow as much as possible in the coming weeks. These proposed policies will:

  1. Provide readily accessible, unsecured credit to businesses of all sizes to ensure they have the cash to pay their workers, rent, and other costs during this crisis,
  2. Suspend the filing of business returns and the payment of all business taxes to the federal government for the duration of the pandemic, and
  3. Amend the Tax Code to help businesses of all sizes to deal with business losses and debt incurred for tax year 2020

If you have any questions, please contact ISA's David Hickey for more information.