I am sure you all have been inundated with COVID-19 emails, news broadcasts, text message information and more. We have kept our communications to you to a minimum awaiting further guidance from health officials, the IRS, and FTB related to the response to this crisis.  

The Scinto Group as a business, out of an abundance of caution and by Order of the Governor, find that we must cease non-critical services and ‘Stay at Home’. I can assure you that we are taking every measure to continue preparing tax returns and getting them turned around as quickly and accurately as possible; all while keeping ‘our distance’. Further, we recognize there is a financial crisis that is beginning to affect us all and are mindful that some of you may need immediate relief; that tax refunds may be that source.

We, as a ‘critical professional business’, in order to both stay working for you (our clients and friends) while providing a safe work environment for our team of professionals and colleagues, find it necessary that we have to temporarily change the way we operate.

What does this mean to you?

  • We recognize that we are a ‘critical business’ and will continue to work through this crisis on your behalf.
  • We are still available to assist you with professional accounting and tax advisory and preparation services; albeit this will need to be accomplished via the telephone, online meetings (GoTo or Zoom meetings), or e-mail until the shelter order is lifted.
  • We will strive to have a reasonable turn-around time on preparing tax returns. However, at this time, we ask that all correspondence and documents be delivered by mail, common carrier or electronic media through our secure portal.
  • If you find that financially you need prompt tax refunds, please let us know – we will do everything we can to prioritize your filing.

As far as tax filing relief is concerned, today the IRS extended the tax filing deadline and tax payment deadline to July 15th This includes payment for income taxes due for 2019 and the first and second quarter estimated-tax payments for 2020. In addition, this week the State of California extended the State filing and payment deadlines also to July 15th. While that gives us all a little breathing room on what is already a hectic filing-season, we urge you to work diligently to continue sending us your tax documentation. Like you, we would like to get the ‘busy-season’ behind us and onto a pleasant Summer full of outdoor activity and family vacations.

If you have any further concerns or questions, please reach out to us via email or by telephone.

Thank you for your patience through this crisis and may you all stay well.

Dave