COVID-19 Resource Center
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, our main objective is to support you and your business, and to navigate this complicated and everchanging environment together. As part of this commitment, rely on these free resources to assist you as you prepare and respond to issues.
Use a VPN to Secure Remote Locations
A VPN provides a secure, encrypted tunnel to transmit data between a remote user via the Internet and the company network. As teleworking or working from home continues during the coronavirus, VPNs are critical to protecting and securing internet connections. For more information, continue reading on our blog.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication to Protect Accounts
With heightened threats during COVID-19, the IRS and Security Summit partners have called on professionals to select multi-factor authentication options whenever possible to prevent identity thieves from gaining access to client accounts. For more information, continue reading on our blog.
Protect Data at Home and at Work
With cyberthieves active during COVID-19, the IRS and the Security Summit partners have urged professionals to review critical security steps to ensure they are fully protecting client and personal data whether working in the office or a remote location. Continue reading on our blog for six basic protections everyone handling sensitive data should use.
Americans Urged to be Vigilant for Threats During COVID-19 and it's Aftermath
The IRS has announced its annual list of tax scams with a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to COVID-19 tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. Everyone is urged to be on guard and look out for others in their lives. For this list of scams targetting taxpayers, continue reading on our blog.
Relief for Taxpayers Taking Distributions or Loans from Retirement Plans
The IRS has released Notice 2020-50 (PDF) to help retirement plan participants affected by COVID-19 take advantage of the CARES Act provisions providing enhanced access to plan distributions and plan loans. For more information on details and qualifications, continue reading on our blog.
Tax Relief for Investors and Businesses Affected by COVID-19
The Treasury Department and the IRS have provided tax relief for certain taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic involved in new markets tax credit transactions. Taxpayers receiving relief through today's guidance are community development entities (CDEs) and qualified active low-income community businesses (QALICBs) investing and conducting businesses in low-income communities. For more information on qualifications and requirements, continue reading on our blog.
Final Regulations Providing Relief for Certain Tax-Exempt Organizations
The Department of the Treasury and the IRS have issued final regulations, which can be found here, clarifying the reporting requirements generally applicable to tax-exempt organizations. This document contains reporting regulations under section 6033 that are generally applicable to organizations exempt from tax under section 501(a). For more information continue reading on our blog.
FAQs Regarding Economic Impact Payments
As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the IRS today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check. For more information regarding fee waiving and other FAQs, please continue reading on our blog.
US Stimulus Answers Regarding COVID-19 Relief
Millions of Americans are struggling financially, trying to make ends meet after being laid off or furloughed, and worried about when they will receive unemployment benefits. To get you some answers, a list of various questions related to US stimulus programs answered by bankers, credit counselors, financial advisors and tax experts have been compiled on our blog, continue reading here.
Summary of New CARES Act Funding
The White House and Congress have agreed on a new pandemic relief plan providing $310 billion increase for Paycheck Protection Program, $10 billion increase for EIDL Grants and an additional $50 billion increase of EIDL Loans, $75 billion increase for healthcare reimbursements, and $25 billion for COVID-19 tests. For more information continue reading on our blog.
Pinellas County CARES Small Business Grant
Pinellas County will provide emergency financial support through the Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant for qualified small businesses that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to orders to close or limit operations. The program will offer one-time $5,000 grants to qualifying small businesses to cover expenses such as employee wages, vendor bills and rent. For eligibility and application please continue reading on our blog.
FAQs Regarding Tax Filing & Payment Relief
Taxpayers and CPAs across the country are faced with unprecedented challenges this filing season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The AICPA has identified and provided the latest developments to the 20 most frequently asked questions on tax filing and payment relief. For this list please continue to our blog.