Apr 15, 2020

CPAs: “Essential” Workers Now and Always

By Michael D. Colgan, PICPA CEO and executive director

No one signed up for this.

Not the doctors, nurses, or first responders. Not the grocery store workers and truck drivers. Not the factory workers. And not you.

Here you are, though, on the front lines of a worldwide crisis, fighting to sustain the livelihoods of your clients and businesses while also navigating the risks to your own health and safety. CPAs are taking on roles completely unfamiliar to them – crisis response coordinator, building manager, unemployment specialist, loan officer, and therapist, to name a few – while also mastering complex new legislation and readjusting to new tax and A&A guidance and deadlines. CPAs are doing this with poise, resilience, and determination, further elevating public trust in your profession. To demonstrate our thank you for all that you are doing, we at the PICPA put together the short video below.

Today is April 15, traditionally a day for CPAs to celebrate the end of tax season. While the date lacks the same significance this year, please know that your contributions to your clients and communities thus far are certainly worthy of celebration. The PICPA team is cheering you on, each and every day, and we will continue to support you and advocate for you in every way possible.

We have successfully fought to push back payment and filing deadlines at the state and federal levels, and remain in constant communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (DOR) and local tax municipalities to address your questions. We have worked with Gov. Tom Wolf’s office to keep CPA firms on Pennsylvania’s list of “life-sustaining businesses.” We are addressing the countless concerns resulting from the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). We have hosted Q&A sessions with the Pennsylvania DOR and the Philadelphia revenue department. We are working with industry leaders to generate blog posts, podcasts, and webinars spanning a range of COVID-19 accounting issues and updating our COVID-19 technical resource page daily.

Tax Day 2020 is now July 15. Will we welcome it with familiar fanfare? That’s uncertain, but this isn’t: the people of Pennsylvania are truly lucky to have you protecting our economy, and you can count on the PICPA team's boundless motivation to serve you.

Michael D. Colgan, CAE, is CEO and executive director of the PICPA. He can be reached at mcolgan@picpa.org.

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  • Tracey Etchberger | Apr 15, 2020
    Most appreciated Mike!   Hats off to a job well done to everyone on the PICPA team.  While there is still work to do, knowing the PICPA is here to help us navigate through these unchartered waters is a refreshing thought.   Thanks for all the assistance thus far and still to come.  Also a special thanks to Peter as our voice in Harrisburg.   Peter's help is also most appreciated!    To all CPA's near and far, please take care and stay well.    We will get through this in the unity we have come to know as PICPA members strong and proud!
  • Mitchell Gerstein | Apr 15, 2020
    As we pause at April 15th, Michael, your leadership of the PICPA during the ongoing pandemic has been remarkable.  Thanks also go out to your team and the committee work of many volunteered CPAs especially the state/local govt committee. 
  • Pamela Baker | Apr 15, 2020
    Thank you to the entire team at the PICPA for keeping us informed and connected. We appreciate all that you are doing.
  • Sue Jarvis | Apr 15, 2020
    Thank you, Mike.    As a sole practitioner my connections through the ListServe are invaluable.   Peter Calcara has also been a great source of information and his quick responses are greatly appreciated.    This tax season has been tough, and that's coming from a practitioner who has lived through a security breach.    There have been days where I've spoken to so many folks on the phone I have no voice at the end of the day.   Thanks PICPA for all you do!!!!
  • Rosemary Lamaestra | Apr 15, 2020
    Thank you everyone at PICPA!
  • Toney Horst | Apr 15, 2020
    Thank you for everything! As a banker and CPA, PICPA  has been and continues to be a great resource! 
  • David Geci | Apr 15, 2020
    Well said Brenda!!  Thank you PICPA for all your support!
  • David Pianta | Apr 15, 2020

    I needed this today!  Thank you to all at PICPA...


  • Brenda Pawlowski | Apr 15, 2020
    Your efforts are greatly appreciated.  Having the PICPA be our voice has surely helped during this crisis.  Thank you!

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