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