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COVID-19: Disaster and pandemic planning resources

Updated January 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

Employee retention tax credit flowchart  2021 | 2020

MNCPA member Chris Wittich, a partner at Boyum Barenscheer, created flowcharts concerning the employee retention tax credit claimed on Form 941.

The hidden gems of the new COVID-19 tax law

Learn more about the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and expense deduction, Section 179D permanency and meal deduction changes.

COVID-19 relief bill highlights

HR expert Larry Morgan provides a look at changes to paid sick and family leave, deferrals of employees' Social Security taxes and other employee benefit changes.

2020: A tax year to remember — or not

As tax preparers often do in sudden and drastic changing times, we persevered and adapted to serve our clients. Now, what do you need to do to prepare for the upcoming tax season?

Preparing for busy season 2021

With 2020 nearly behind us, here are five scenarios you might find yourself in and tactics you can try to prepare for this upcoming busy season based on lessons learned in the past nine months.

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

Supplemental COVID-19 relief bill, second round of PPP loans

The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed late December 2020 included several provisions offering additional economic relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Minnesota's mask mandate resources

Review these materials to help your business, staff, clients and customers stay in compliance with the state's recent 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.


Returning to work resources

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


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

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

 

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.

Paycheck Protection Program panel discussion (April 7, 2020, non-CPE)

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.

 

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