• Keith Fulfer

New filing date and important notice regarding COVID-19

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

Pickler Accounting Advisors has been keeping a close watch on COVID-19 and its impact on our tax season. Because of recent events, we, like many other businesses, want to share with you our response to what is going on.

On Friday, March 20, 2020 the Department of the Treasury announced that it was postponing the deadline for filing income taxes until July 15th. Previously Treasury had only postponed the payment date. Due to this change and to the ongoing COVID-19 impact we are implementing the following.

  1. If you have turned in your tax information to the office, we will work to file it as soon as possible. This of course depends upon if we have the necessary information. Since the deadline is now July 15th, we may not file your return until after April 15th. You will have until July 15th to file your return and to make any payments.

  2. If you have not turned in your information, we ask that you do so as soon as possible. Even though Treasury has granted an extension of the due date, we are attempting to get as much work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are aware that our office could be negatively affected by a quarantine or worse. We do not want to postpone filing returns until the summer. Please deliver your information as soon as possible. We will continue to process returns to file them as quickly as possible.

  3. If you do not or cannot get your return filed before July 15th, we will need to estimate a payment and make that payable to the IRS to prevent any penalty and interest calculations after the July deadline.

  4. If you make estimated payments, your first (April 15th) payment falls under the extension. But the second (June 15th) payment may not be protected from late filing penalties and interest. We will want to complete your return before the June 15th deadline.

  5. We wish to minimize any physical contact for your safety and ours. We will not be doing any more in-office meetings. If you wish to drop off your taxes, we will have a bin set up in the lobby for you to put your packet it. Please be sure that it is in an envelope so that no documents will slip out. We will work with you to make sure we receive your information.

  6. If you wish to have your paper return and original documents, we will mail them to you. We can also send you copies of your returns, vouchers and other tax documents electronically. You may then elect to pick up your originals (and paper copies) later, or we will mail them to you. While we enjoy meeting with you and giving your tax returns to you, we cannot do so without endangering all of us.

  7. We will be using a Dropbox application to send and receive electronic files. If you do not have computer access, call us to discuss the easiest way for us to send you documents. We will be happy to mail you any documents you need.

  8. We are more than happy to discuss your return with you over the phone, once you have received a copy. Or we can send you a draft to review electronically and discuss this with you.

We realize this is a lot of information, so please feel free to call us at the office if you have any questions. 901.316.0160

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