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COVID-19 Tax and Relief Information

Dear Clients/Friends,

First and foremost, we hope that you and your family, friends and co-workers are all staying safe and healthy amidst the COVID-19 uncertainty. While the impact of COVID-19 continues, we remain committed to our clients, employees and communities.

We appreciate your flexibility during this unprecedented time, and we will continue to be here for you if you need our help.

Stay safe, Stay well

Temporary Office Hours and Operations:

Our office will only be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for document drop-offs and pick-ups only. The hours will be flexible and considerate, so please call before you come.

We highly encourage you to use our secure electronic system (e-mail and e-sign) for faster turnaround time. Mailed and faxed documents will continue to be received. Over the phone payments using credit or debit cards will continue to be accepted.

Note: In case of future government interruptions or delays, we recommend that you get your documentation to us ASAP, so that your tax returns and your refunds can be timely processed.

Communicate with Us:

Please feel free to email or call our office with your questions or concerns. Our office will continue to monitor daily phone messages and emails and respond as quickly as possible.

Phone: 760-241-1088, E-mail:, Fax: 760-241-4464

Tax Update:

• The federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

• Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

• FTB (California) is following the federal relief described above and conforms to the underlying code sections that grant tax postponements for emergencies.

• For all other state’s tax filing relief guidance, please use the link ( - Updated: 3/25/20 – 11 am) or visit your state department’s webpage.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136), signed into law March 27, features several different relief programs (tax credits, loans, grants, etc.) to help businesses stay afloat. Attached is a Summary (6 pages) of some of the features that you may want to explore for your business.

Note: Some of the Business relief programs/credits are mutually exclusive (you can only apply for one program). So, it is very important that you review and further your research for each program and apply for the relief package that best fits your business needs. Many of the loans will be forgiven if you meet certain guidelines.

Complete your applications ASAP! The funding for some of these programs are limited, especially the Grants/Loans. Most will be handled on a first come, first served, basis until the money is depleted. and For the “Paycheck Protection Program” you must apply through a SBA Certified Bank.

As always, Desert Accounting Service is here to provide assistance and answer your questions and we encourage you to take advantage of the of these relief programs.

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