The information below includes releases issued by BenderCPA during the COVID-19 pandemic. These posts include summaries of tax law changes and relief provisions granted by the IRS and state/local authorities that impact our clients. While we try to be as detailed as possible, we ask that clients contact their BenderCPA advisor with any questions before taking action based on a post to ensure your intended outcome is achieved.
As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to be identified both in the St. Louis area and across the nation, Bender & Company CPAs continues to review the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other governmental bodies. Our top priority is the safety and welfare of our team members, clients, and clients’ personnel. At the same time, we remain committed to meeting your professional service needs, especially with the April 15th tax deadline approaching (more on that later).
What We’re Doing
Safety: We will continue following the recommendations of the CDC and state health officials to limit the spread of the virus. In matters of judgment, we are erring on the side of caution. While our office will officially remain open, we are asking all clients to minimize their trips into our office where possible. Even if an in-person meeting is appropriate, do not come to our office if you or anyone you have been in contact with are sick or are exhibiting possible symptoms of the coronavirus (such as newly onset coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, temperature above 100.4, etc.). Any clients exhibiting such symptoms in our office may be asked to leave and return when they are symptom free. Alternates to in-person meetings include telephone or videoconference meetings to discuss your returns. If you need to deliver documents to us, please use US Mail or upload to your secure portal.
Meeting Client Needs: With the next four weeks historically being our busiest time of year, our offices will officially remain open for the foreseeable future. Our staff will work diligently to complete all tax returns and other projects in reasonable timeframes given the coronavirus restrictions in place. Where work in the office is not possible, we have leveraged our technology to enable staff to work remotely and continue to provide the best client service possible.
Government & Industry Changes: We are closely monitoring federal, state and local regulators and authorities to stay abreast of changing deadlines and statutes that affect our clients. The initial information we’ve received calls for a delay in the deadline for tax payments past April 15th, but no change in the filing due date. Additional details are expected from the IRS this week and we’ll keep you informed as we learn more.
We cannot overstate that our primary goal is protecting the safety and welfare of our team members and clients while continuing to meet client needs. We will communicate pertinent information and changes with you as the situation continues to evolve. These are unique times, and we are optimistic that as we all pull together through these challenges, we will thrive as we move forward.
As always, we are grateful for your trust and confidence. Our best wishes to you and your loved ones, especially in the days and weeks ahead.