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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #32 (4-7-20 PM)

LFB Memo on Federal Tax Law Changes Enacted in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

This memorandum provides information regarding certain federal tax law changes enacted in response to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020.  A limited number of new provisions in the Act will automatically be adopted for state tax purposes. To adopt the following provisions in the Act, legislation to update references to the federal IRC is necessary:

  • Special Rules for Use of Retirement Funds
  • Partial Above-the-Line Deduction for Charitable Contributions
  • Suspension of Limitation on Certain Charitable Contributions
  • Telehealth Services for High Deductible Health Plans
  • Additional Qualified Medical Expenses under Health Savings Accounts
  • Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness
  • Exclusion for Certain Employer Payments of Student Loans
  • Depreciation of Qualified Improvement Property

If the state were to adopt these provisions, it is estimated that state income and franchise tax revenues would decrease by $4.5 million in 2019-20 ($54.2 million including automatically adopted provisions) and $47.5 million in 2020-21 ($74.3 million including automatically adopted provisions).

WisDOT further restricts in-person services at DMV service centers beginning April 8

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is further restricting in-person service all Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Customer Service Centers on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. This action furthers the limitation of face-to-face services that began on March 23, 2020. Until further notice, the service centers will be closed to all in-person transactions except the following services, which will be available by appointment only:

  • Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL)
  • Voters needing identification who need to use the Identification card Petition Process (IDPP)
  • New Wisconsin residents who need a driver license or ID for voting

To make an appointment for one of these essential services while the Safer at Home order is in place, call the DMV Communication Center at (608) 264-7447.

Online services available at

  • All vehicle-related transactions (including renewing registration, titling a vehicle, etc.)
  • Obtaining a duplicate driver license
  • Changing address

Other modifications DMV has in place to reduce in-person visits include:

  • All driver licenses and CDLs renewals are extended 60 days
  • All ID cards can be renewed online
  • Emissions testing requirements have been deferred
  • Registration renewals should still be completed by mail or online by the renewal date
  • Non-CDL driver skills tests have been cancelled until further notice
  • A robust online presence ( to assist with your other DMV needs

Updated numbers from DHS on COVID-19 cases

The Department of Health Services released updated case numbers for the state of Wisconsin;

  • 138 new positive cases (2,578 total for the pandemic in Wisconsin)
  • 77 new hospitalizations (745 total hospitalizations- represents 29% of those who have tested positive)
  • 92 deaths (up 15 from Monday’s report of 92 deaths)
  • 28,512 negative test results (26,574 negative test results were reported on Monday)

Previous Wisconsin COVID-19 Updates

Previous COVID-19 Updates are archived here

Here is a comprehensive list of State of Wisconsin resources related to the public health emergency (LINK)





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