Nisivoccia’s Response to COVID-19
At Nisivoccia, 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 this 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.
As you know, this is one of the busiest times of the year for accounting firms with tax filings and financial statement regulatory 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, including encouraging employees to work from home whenever possible.
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 mitigation strategies.
Ensuring access to our firm: Based on current guidance and our own standards and practices, our office will remain open, however many of our employees are working remotely. In the event it is necessary to close our offices, we have a process that includes backup systems, technology and technical support that enables our employees to work remotely in compliance with our Disaster Recovery Plan and other policies. As always, we remain committed to servicing our clients and maintaining our firm’s quality control standards.
Tax filing update: The existing April 15 deadline for filing and paying has not been extended at this time. The AICPA has recommended extensions to the Internal Revenue Service, who has the authority to extend under the Emergency Assistance Act in place. We are closely monitoring this and will keep you apprised of any updates. We are encouraging clients to forward their information to us electronically through our portal at www.nisivoccia.com.
Our top priorities are the health and safety of our employees and clients. 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.
Please feel free to contact members of your engagement team directly if you have further questions on 973.298.8500.
On behalf of all your Nisivoccia family,