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In these incredibly difficult moments, we cannot be silent. The unjust killing of black people and people of color, like George Floyd and countless others, must stop. To all PICPA members, especially black members, colleagues, and friends, we see you, we hear you, we stand with you, and we are committed to making a difference.
Advocating on your behalf is usually an in-person endeavor, but our new world with a pandemic has complicated matters. The PICPA mustered an all-hands-on-deck effort to get and provide information from and to state officials and regulators. These efforts would not have been so well received if not for all our members who made a CPA-PAC contribution in 2019.
In these days of crisis and uncertainty, CPAs are taking on roles unfamiliar to them – crisis response coordinator, building manager, unemployment specialist, loan officer, and therapist, to name a few – while also mastering new legislation and adjusting to new tax and A&A guidance and deadlines. You are doing this with poise, resilience, and determination, further elevating public trust in your profession.
At this time of year, the PICPA government relations team usually is humming along preparing for PICPA’s annual Day on the Hill event. We had been contemplating changes to this annual gathering, but with the COVID-19 pandemic it seems our hand has been forced. It’s time to pursue new paths forward in advocacy.
These recommendations are provided to help small businesses adjust to remote working circumstances. Please note, this advice should be taken into consideration with the restrictions and health warnings of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and federal, state, and local governments.