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Some Broad Guidance for CPAs on the Post-COVID-19 Reopening of Your Office

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb CPA Firms have a number of questions when planning the office reopening process.  The most significant challenge is staff safety, as well as clients and other visitors.  Liability if someone is contaminated, especially staff, is uncertain and Government guidance often.  It is wise to continually monitor guidelines from the […]

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Back to Work: Assistance for Employers

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Our friends over at the law firm of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck ["KDV"] have created a variety of useful documents to help make the transition back to business as smooth as possible . Government authorities around the United States have strongly suggested that employers implement a Safety Plan outlining the steps being taken by businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To […]

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Our first COVID-19 related claim against a CPA Client

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. We have been scanning the metaphorical horizon to see how the pandemic is impacting CPAs and generally, although many firms have seen a depression or shift in fees to later in the year, there have been very fee actual professional liability claims against CPAs. However, there is always an […]

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COVID-19 and management liability: how can D&O coverage help in this pandemic

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. There has been a lot of news about the desire to obtain coverage for COViD-19 claims under a business interruption policy.  The legal fights with insurers and proposed laws to retroactively secure coverage for various business are reported every week (see a recent article about a law proposed in […]

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Cyber risks of working from home (in light of COVID-19) and how to mitigate them

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. Many firms permit staff to work from home or at least work while on the road.  but the number of remote users may increase in the wake of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Consequently, it’s crucial not to allow the precautions designed to protect the physical health of your […]

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Good Faith Certification

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently signed into law contains an important provision known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) designed to provide relief to small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The PPP directs $349 billion towards job retention and business operating expenses designed […]

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Section 7216 – requesting client permissions

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb We would recently approached by a  policyholder about affirmative consent requirements imposed by IRS regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 7216. Under the code, a tax return preparer is subject to criminal penalties under section 7216 if the preparer “knowingly or recklessly” discloses or uses tax return information. A […]

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Does failure to notify your insurer of a subpoena void your professional liability insurance coverage?

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb We have frequently been contacted by members of the CPAGold™ program for assistance to respond to a subpoena, either for documents or for testimony. In fact, the CPAGold™ policy provides a specific coverage extension a follows: 1.2.2     Subpoena Expenses We will pay on your behalf Defense Expenses approved by […]

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What You Don’t Know About The Coronavirus

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Since the new coronavirus began it’s spread from Wuhan, China, to other countries public health officials have struggled to keep up with the ­potential threat that it poses to millions of people around the world.  The first case in the US was reported this week. This virus, called the “novel coronavirus,” or COVID-19, is a […]

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The Statute of Limitations in Professional Malpractice

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Both Accountants and Wealth Advisers are “professionals” for the purpose of the various statutes of limitations. This means that firms’ decisions concerning document retention and the purchase of an extended reporting period can be heavily influence by a firm’s State of domicile (or the States where a firm practices).  The longest statute of limitation is […]

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