We are writing to update you on the actions Lindsay & Brownell is taking with respect to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. Our highest priority is to protect the health of our employees and clients while continuing to deliver outstanding service during this busy time of year.
We are committed to maintaining operations and delivering quality and timely service to our clients. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced this morning that the IRS will allow individual taxpayers to defer up to $1m of tax due April 15 to July 15, penalty and interest free. Corporations will be allowed to defer up to $10m. It is expected that the IRS will also provide for an automatic 90-day extension of time to file, although we don’t yet have an official notification. The California Franchise Tax Board has also provided relief for taxpayers “affected by” COVID 19, and we anticipate that other states will follow the IRS guidelines. We will share specifics as they become available.
We have made substantial investments in cloud-based technology, laptops, collaboration tools, and secure virtual networks which provides us with extensive flexibility regarding where we work. As of March 18, 2020, the majority of our employees will be working remotely. Our office remains open and we will maintain core administrative functions onsite. We will be managing phone calls, mail flow and express deliveries received at the office in a way that will be seamless to our clients, but are severely limiting in-person client interactions.
We want all clients to take care of themselves and to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing. As most of our workforce will be remote starting March 18, 2020, meetings will need to be held via telephone call or video conference. If you need help coordinating these meetings please give us a call.
We have asked all team members to take care of themselves and their loved ones. For those employees who remain on site, we have asked them to stay home if they are showing any signs of illness, or if they are aware of having recently been exposed to individuals with COVID-19. Also, we understand that employees may need to tend to sick family members, especially those in higher risk categories (e.g., young children and seniors), or those whose routine has been impacted (e.g., if a school is temporarily closed). We are providing the necessary flexibility for employees to tend to themselves and others.
Personal Hygiene and Office Cleanliness
We continue to maintain personal hygiene habits (e.g., washing hands, minimize face-touching), and frequently wipe down common areas and personal offices. Our building management team is practicing similar hygiene in the common areas of our building as well.
If we have any changes to our daily operations, we will immediately inform you.
Thank you again for your understanding, and let us know if you have any questions.
Yours very truly,
Stephen J. Brownell