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Tax Season is Over. Now What?


from Robin Brotman
RINA's Chief Operating Officer

“Tax Season” officially ended with the May 17th filing deadline for personal returns. But the pandemic has disrupted so much, and we know that many of you still feel a lot of pressure. In the next weeks, individual RINA professionals will take care of their human need to decompress, to take some time off. However, the firm is remaining vigilant and dedicated to helping you through this crisis and recovery.

We continue to appreciate the relative calmness and good humor that our clients and team members show as they deal with changing and sometimes conflicting rules of the different COVID programs.

The Federal government has been responsive and has created from scratch massive relief programs and special tax laws. PPP, PPP2, EIDL, SVOG, RFF, American Rescue Plan, Employee Retention Credit, CARES Act… each term indicates a very significant effort to keep businesses alive.

The speed of the implementation of these programs has been fast, dizzyingly fast by governmental standards. Because the programs have sprung up so quickly much of the bureaucratic infrastructure has been created on the fly and sometimes has had to be adjusted midstream.

Here are some twists and turns we all have had to deal with:

The confusion, overlap, and changes in regulations, rules, and guidance have caused you and us anxiety.

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But, we have worked together to survive, recover, and thrive!

RINA is dedicated to staying on top of the latest Federal and state pronouncements on how to take advantage of the relief programs. Our RINA CARES Team continues to check government sites and professional journals daily. Not only do they check official statements, they also tap into the discussion of what lawmakers and others think are likely changes to any effort. Reach out to them if you need help.

Our professionals are also monitoring the progress of the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan. The potential tax implications are significant, and the negotiations on the scope of the relief and how the spending will be paid for are ongoing. Members of our CARES team and our tax team are keeping RINA on top of the situation, and we will issue alerts and articles whenever appropriate.

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RINA is looking at movements toward COVID recovery. Our Client Advisory Services team members are leading the tracking of business trends, seeing what reopening tactics are recommended and successful. We stand ready to share both the financial and operational tips we learn. (Check out our Client Advisory Services approach.)

Our team members are also being asked about their feelings about returning to working in the office. We have surveyed employees and are analyzing the guidance given by agencies ranging from the Center for Disease Control, the California Health Department, and local agencies. When we decide it is appropriate to resume in-person meetings with clients we will announce it on our website. You can check for that announcement (after we make it!) and other information on our COVID-19 information page.

Finally, we’re tempted to say, “Nothing about 2021 is normal!”
Except that is not true. At all.

RINA’s core values to put people first are unchanged and solid. We are committed to our staff’s, clients’, and community’s success. Please let us know how we can help.

Your Future is Our Focus.

Robin Brotman, Chief Operating OfficerSincerely,

Robin Brotman
Chief Operating Officer
RINA Accountants & Advisors 

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