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Disaster and pandemic planning

Updated: June 19, 2020

Whether a natural disaster or a global health emergency, use these resources to help you and your clients stay informed, prepared and avoid a crisis.

COVID-19 news and updates

COVID-19: How the pandemic is impacting the CPA world (MNCPA Perspectives Blog)

The MNCPA is continously updating a blog with the latest information CPAs need to know related to closures, deadline changes, loans and other matters concerning the profession.

Minnesota Board of Accountancy extends CPE deadline, expiring CPA exam scores

The CPE deadline has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020, and exam candidates with expiring test scores in 2020 will have their credits extended until Dec. 31, 2020. Review the news section on the BOA's homepage for details.

Minnesota's COVID-19 response

Gov. Walz's landing page for Minnesota's COVID-19 response and preparation. 

IRS guidance

Access the latest IRS information about coronavirus tax relief and economic impact payments.

Minnesota Department of Revenue guidance for taxpayers

Learn how the DOR is responding to COVID-19 and related changes to state taxes.


COVID-19 resources

Returning to work resources

Ensure your business meets the necessary safety criteria if you're planning to reopen.

Economic Impact Payment resources

Access information on payment amounts, what to do for nonfilers and more.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resources for CPAs

Access guidance, payroll calculators, sample applications and more to help your clients navigate the complexities of applying for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) resources for CPAs, businesses

Information about paid sick leave and associated tax credits under the FFCRA.

Pandemic Business Planning Guide 

This guide is customized to outline the recommended steps your organization should take to prepare for COVID-19.

Download the guide


Returning Minnesotans to work

Experts provide information to help business owners plan for an eventual return to work, hosted by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

Paycheck Protection Program panel discussion

Carl Peterson facilitates a conversation about the newly enacted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with Daniel Schmit, U.S. SBA Minnesota District Office, and Greg Butler, CPA, Wipfli.

Answering Your Questions on Minnesota's Stay-At-Home Executive Order

DEED Commissioner Steve Grove answers business owners' questions in this webinar, hosted by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

HR expert Larry Morgan discusses what employers need to do now so your organization and its employees are ready for what's ahead.
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Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Ensure your HR policies remain on point by digging deeper into the impacts of the new COVID-19 reulations.
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COVID-19 articles

Getting back to the office during the COVID-19 pandemic

There's an emotional side of returning to the office that can't be forgotten. HR expert Larry Morgan provides insight for how companies can do this.

Nothing is status quo during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how you communicate

Do a communications gut check. Take five minutes to audit yourself and reflect on whether you’ve communicated with the audiences most important to you lately and, if so, how.

Procedures provided for taxpayers not required to file 2019 return to receive CARES Economic Impact Payment

Ed Zollars outlines the IRS's guidance for clients to receive a stimulus check who are not otherwise required to file a tax return.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance for employers

HR expert Larry Morgan shares critical first steps employers should take to build contingency plans and ease staff concerns.

Responding to COVID-19 with remote access? Pay attention to security!

Tech expert Tommy Stephens shares five best practices for the increased number of people working from home in your office.

Adapting your firm in a time of a pandemic

Flexibility is paramount in this time. Here are 10 actions August Aquila says your firm should take as the nature of your day-to-day business changes.

Making teleworking work in a time of crisis

HR expert Larry Morgan looks at explores the structure that should be put in place and what pitfalls to avoid with more people working remotely.

COVID-19 pandemic turns CPAs into emergency workers

Donny Shimamoto shares insight and thoughts from CPAs across the country amid this trying time.

COVID-19 customizable templates

Client letter templates

Customizable employer templates and posters


Minnesota-specific resources

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Office of Governor Tim Walz

National/international resources

COVID-19 global cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Small Business Administration: COVID-19 Guidance and Loan Resources