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2nd Quarter Estimated Tax Payments Due – June 15, 2021

If you pay quarterly estimated tax payments throughout the year, be sure to take care of your 2nd Quarter Estimated Tax Payments by Tuesday, June 15, 2021!

Covid-19 UPDATE: June 10, 2021

This is an update to our previous statement on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

Ongoing Pandemic in California:

Santa Clara County is currently classified as Yellow Tier under the Blueprint for Safer Economy for the State of California. This is indicative of a slowdown in the spread of Covid-19 our area. While this is an excellent development, we are proceeding with caution for the remainder of the year.

Office Operations during the second half of 2021:

We are currently requiring our staff to be fully vaccinated (meaning they have had either one J&J vaccine dose, or both doses of either Moderna or Pfizer, as well as passing the two week time period after the second dose). At the moment, all of our staff are either fully vaccinated or will achieve full vaccination by the end of June.

However, several staff members are either classified as high-risk or they have family members that are classified as high-risk. In the interest of keeping all of our staff and family members safe, we will continue to wear masks in the office for the foreseeable future. This means that while a staff member may sit at their workstation un-masked, they will put a mask on when moving around the suite in common areas, while maintaining social distancing.

The building where we are located currently still requires that masks be worn in all common areas of the building (hallways and restrooms).

We will proceed with a hybrid model for appointment booking – meaning that we will still do video conferencing appointments as a default, but we will begin allowing for in-person meetings with clients in July. All clients must come to their appointments wearing masks, and maintain appropriate social distancing from staff. Aside from the point mentioned below, there are no exceptions to this rule.

If the client wishes to meet with a preparer without a mask, they must do so in the confines of the preparer’s office and they must produce a vaccination card to do so. Please note that the preparer may decide to remain masked.

Local Resources/Info:

For further information on the pandemic on a local level, we have a post on our blog listing sources that have been providing the most up-to-date information and metrics for our local area. We have found these sources to be helpful and reliable. You can find that post by clicking here.

Our primary concern remains keeping you, our staff and our community as safe as possible during the pandemic. We encourage you all to continue to abide by guidelines set by the Santa Clara County Health Department, the State of California Health Department, the WHO and the CDC.

Practice social distancing (six feet or more between people), self-isolation or quarantine, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask when out in public, and work from home as much as possible.

We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of understanding and support from everyone, and we will continue to do our level best to process your tax returns and answer questions in the meantime. Please take care of yourselves and your families!

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