Dear NY Chapter Members,
The Education Committee of the NY NATP Chapter called an Emergency Meeting to discuss and vote on moving forward with our annual Fall Seminar Series.
Currently, most of New York state has flattened the curve and has been able to move into Stage 4 of reopening. It is the concern of the Education Committee that there are many unknowns as we enter the Fall cold and flu season.
Prior to the vote, we listened to committee members excellent points on both continuing to offer in-person education for the Fall series or canceling in-person education out of potential health concerns.
It is with a heavy heart that I regret to inform you that the NY Chapter will be suspending the in-person Fall Seminar Series.
As Chapter President, I will continue to explore alternative methods of providing continuing education to our membership.
I wish you all a successful tax season and I look forward to seeing you in 2021.
NY Chapter, President
Dear NATP NY members
Well this is a new and different challenge we are currently facing with the Covid19 virus. Please know we are all in this together and we shall get through this.
As a tax preparation firm it appears that we may be exempt from the mandatory shut down as “Accounting Services” https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order.
Regardless it is still in everyone’s best interest to practice the guidelines offered by Governor Cuomo & the CDC.
As our clients face layoffs and shutdowns, we can offer them a bit of help by processing their tax returns and getting them any refunds due. Please do this in a safe and recommended manner – I do know it is awkward to stay at least 6 feet apart from clients at times, but it is essential that we get this virus under control.
You may want to consider closing the office to all outside visitors – most of the people I have spoken with have implemented this. I know many of us have set up a drop box to allow clients to drop off tax return information. Consider utilizing technology to communicate with clients – there are many virtual meeting sites that can help us communicate with clients.
Review Governor Cuomo’s 10-point policy “New York State on PAUSE” https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-new-york-state-pause-executive-order
With the new extended deadlines – stay healthy, eat right and get sleep. One of the best defenses we have is a good immune system.
NY Chapter, President