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Coronavirus—Protecting you and our staff
At Hutson Gobble, we are keenly aware of the potential impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking steps to provide for the continuity of our client services and the safety of our employees and clients as we navigate through the uncertainly of the outbreak.
We are staying up-to-date on the latest developments. The actions we are taking include monitoring resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the World Health Organization; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); and our local public health department.
We are also monitoring current developments from the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax jurisdictions regarding income tax filing and payment due date extensions and penalty relief resulting from the coronavirus disruption.
As you know, this is one of the busiest times of the year for accounting firms with tax filing deadlines rapidly approaching. Disaster preparedness is an integral part of our firm’s risk management program and includes a viable pandemic response plan. Below are some of the features of the plan and the actions we are taking:
Understanding the risk: This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we are monitoring reports from the CDC and other health agencies to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the spread of the coronavirus. We are tracking regional transmission in affected areas, and are actively taking steps to support our employees, clients and our surrounding communities.
We have frequent communications with our employees, which include instructing them to stay home if they feel sick, how to recognize COVID-19 and its symptoms, the benefits of social distancing, and reminders about proper hygiene and other mitigations strategies.
Ensuring access to our firm: Based on current guidance and our own standards and practices, our office currently has no plans to shut down at this time and will remain open. However, while the threat of Coronavirus exists, we are asking that you refrain from visiting Hutson Gobble on site. If you have tax documents to deliver, please do so through Liscio. We also encourage you to utilize electronic delivery of your completed tax return through Liscio or paper copies via FedEx or USPS rather than picking them up at our office. We will provide a designated drop box in our lobby for delivery of tax documents. Mail and packages will remain unopened for 30 to 40 hours.
Our firm is also prepared in the event we need to operate from outside of our office(s) with the necessary equipment, as well as backup systems and technical support that will allow essential members of our team to work remotely in compliance with our Disaster Recovery Plan and other policies. We remain committed to maintaining our firm’s quality control standards.
Our top priorities are the health and safety of our employees, clients and our community. We will continue to monitor guidance from health experts and government recommendations, and will do our very best to maintain the quality and timeliness of our services to you. We appreciate your flexibility and support during this time, and our thoughts remain with everyone affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Hutson Gobble LLC