Due to the statewide order for Ohioans and West Virginians to close non-essential business, many are wondering if we are open during this time. At this time we have made the decision to close the office to foot traffic and offer remote services. However, a tax return professional is considered an essential business as we are helping tax payers to file their tax returns so they can get their refunds. Therefore, we will continue working electronically to ensure your tax returns are filed in a timely manner.
How are we managing our business using Remote Services during the COVID-19 outbreak?
We know that now, more than ever, taxpayers need to get their tax refunds into their bank accounts as soon as possible. Our goal is to help you during what is an unprecedented economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, we aim to help you to get the maximum refund you can get while maintaining the legal requirements of the tax laws.
We will be receiving tax documents and processing your returns electronically.
While the tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020, if you are expecting a refund it’s in your best interest to file sooner rather than later.
How Can I File My Taxes During a Stay at Home Order?
While we are closing our office to foot traffic we will continue working on your behalf. Know that we are offer our clients a variety of options for preparing their tax documents.
We ask that you use discretion in determining what is in your own best interest. If you are sick or suspect that you may be sick, we ask that you stay home and utilize one of the electronic options that we have available for you.
You can deliver your tax documents to us by any of the following options.
- Scan your documents and email them to us. We recommend using an online file transfer system. We suggest Google Docs, but Dropbox or other cloud-based services may work as well. Contact us and we can help you to determine the best way to manage online file transfer.
- Mail your documents to our office using the USPS, or any other mail delivery service.
- Drop off your documents to the lock box we have set up outside the office. We’ll receive them, and file your documents on your behalf.
- We can and will be receiving phone calls during this time.
What About if I Owe Taxes?
For the 2019 tax filing year the tax deadline to both file and pay federal income taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. Many states have followed suit in extending that deadline for state returns.
That means you don’t have to stress about coming up with the money to pay your taxes. And, there will be no penalties for this later filing since the date has been officially extended.
We’re here and ready to remotely assist you in preparing your returns for either a refund or a payment.
This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. Cowdery Tax and its representatives does not offer legal or tax advice. We offer services for business bookkeeping, payroll, tax payments, and personal tax filings. We share information that is publicly available. Tax laws may change with or without notice that may alter or change the information contained in this publication.