Dear Clients and Friends,
In consideration of the news surrounding the spread of COVID-19, including recent updates and requests by President Trump and Governor Reynolds, we wish to update you on Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte’s business continuity plan and response to what is now considered a pandemic. We are making every effort to ensure that this situation will not affect the timeliness or quality of the work we are doing. With this in mind, we have set in motion a plan to protect our clients and employees that will likely stay in effect through April 15th, although we plan to adapt as the situation evolves.
- At one level it’s business as normal, as we will continue to work on your tax returns and financial statements. Our Firm is paperless and we already communicate extensively through telephone and email.
- We will continue to operate our normal office hours of Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, but have decided to scale back in-person meetings in the office indefinitely
- Whenever possible, we request meetings be done via phone/video calls in lieu of an in-person meeting. However, if an in-person meeting is necessary please call the front desk to coordinate.
- If an in-person meeting is necessary, please know that we are doing everything we can to protect your health and our health too. We are monitoring CDC updates and are continually cleaning/disinfecting our offices, lobbies, common areas, and conference rooms, and employees are practicing all CDC-recommended measures (frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and social distancing when not at work).
- We will continue to monitor evolving legislation impacting tax return due dates, extended payment dates and interest and penalty relief on any late payments. Nonetheless, we will continue to prepare returns with April 15th in mind in order to get as many filed as possible. Where applicable we also want to get refunds in your hands as soon as possible.
Breaking News – On March 18, 2020, the President signed legislation extending the due date for federal tax payments from April 15 to July 15 for those that owe $1 million or less. The federal tax return filing date remains April 15th unless an extension is requested.
On March 19, 2020, the Iowa Department of Revenue extended the filing and payment deadline for Iowa income taxes with a due date on or after March 19, 2020 and before July 31, 2020, to a new deadline of July 31, 2020.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, while taking a calm, yet diligent approach, and will update you with any further changes or best practices in dealing with it.
How quickly things can change. It’s new to us, but the human race has faced pestilence and afflictions like this in the past; this is a good reminder that God is in control. We believe it makes sense to be careful and try to head off what could be a worst-case scenario. Our optimistic viewpoint and prayer are that we find a renewed sense of human love and compassion for family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Our very best wishes for your good health and well being,
From each one of us here at Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte.
Boyden, Iowa (712) 725-2065 ∙ Orange City, Iowa (712) 737-2030 ∙ Rock Valley, Iowa (712) 476-2725 ∙ www.VBandVV.com