covid-19 lockdown & RD’s News

RD’s News

  • As of March 17, 2021, the IRS (and subsequently, the Franchise Tax Board in California), has extended the filing deadline for tax returns to May 17, 2021.

What this means:

This means that you will have until May 17, 2021 to file your tax return. Additionally, if you owe taxes for your tax return, you will also have until May 17, 2021 to pay any amounts owed to the IRS or to the Franchise Tax Board in California.

The announcement is still making the rounds, so if you do not live in California, please be sure to check your local state tax authorities to be sure that your state will follow the new deadline set by IRS for your federal tax return.

However – if you pay Quarterly Estimated Tax payments – the deadline to pay the first payment is still currently set for April 15, 2021.

For more information – please do check out the announcement from the IRS website.

Covid-19 UPDATE: January 29, 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 Red Tier under the Blueprint for Safer Economy for the State of California. This is indicative of substantial circulation of Covid-19 still happening in our area. As such, our office continues to operate with the majority of staff working from home and we are closed to the public at this time.  

Office Operations during Lock Down:

We do have at least one staff member coming to the office during the week to make sure we get our mail and deliveries on time, as well as receive documents at a drop off station. We are fortunately equipped with a state of the art phone system that allows us to receive and route calls to appropriate staff as normal. If you plan to drop off documents, please call our office in advance for instructions on how to do so. Clients are not permitted inside our office suite at this time.

All staff have access to their email, and they will continue to answer questions you may have regarding appointments, tax return status, and other general inquiries. 

Since the lockdown last March, we began meeting with clients via video conference or phone ONLY, and we will continue that practice through Tax Season.

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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