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COVID-19: Disaster and pandemic planning resources

Updated March 2021

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.
 

The latest COVID-19 news and resources

The American Rescue Plan Act

Signed into law March 11, the Act includes several tax provisions, funding for local governments, stimulus checks for individuals and more.

Minnesota's Vaccine Connector

If you haven't been vaccinated yet, use this tool and be notified when you're eligible for a shot.
As of February 2021, finance professionals are in priority group 1C. However, sub-prioritization is expected within each priority group. Please review the CDC's vaccination guidelines for more information.

Minnesota's COVID-19 response

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

Minnesota Department of Revenue guidance for taxpayers

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

IRS guidance

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

COVID-19 and related resources

Federal COVID-19 relief bills


Returning to work and vaccine resources

Ensure your business meets the necessary safety criteria and your staff are connected to vaccines.


Minnesota's mask mandate resources

Review these materials to help your business, staff, clients and customers stay in compliance with the state's mask mandate (issued July 22).


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.

 

Professional education offerings

COVID-19 hot topics (CPE)

COVID-19 impacts financial reporting, risk management decisions, tax planning, HR and more. Navigate the challenges and opportunities with these online CPE options.

COVID-19 in the Workplace: New Issues in a Changing Work Environment (Jan. 22, 2021, non-CPE)

Scrambling to make sense of the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in December 2020? HR expert Larry Morgan breaks down the key areas employers need to be aware of before delving into guidance on return-to-work plans, vaccination requirements, mask mandates and more.

 

Working, communicating and other COVID-19 related articles

Maintaining and enhancing client engagement

There are several actions you can take to maintain a high level of client service from afar. Here are a few ideas to help boost your client engagement during these unprecedented and unconnected times.

Staff connectivity ideas in the age of COVID-19

Staff engagement is always vital, but it's especially important during a pandemic. Check out these ideas from local firms to safely connect with your staff and peers in 2021.

How to overcome screen fatigue

Zoom, Teams and Hangouts -- oh my! There's a reason why you're feeling exhausted after hours on video calls. Find out why and how to recover from screen overload.

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.

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.
 

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